Poster Image

Brick Facades, Hurrahs


Item#: 2013SYR16

Purchase Details

11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

You also receive…

An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Poem Inspiration Location

Brick Facades, Hurrahs

poster information


Brick facades, hurrahs
Saxes squeal, eyes peel, toast to:
Armory nights

I'm not a writer, but I've always enjoyed writing. I grew up in Syracuse. I love the building fabric of Armory Square, which was the inspiration for my haiku. I'm an architect, so work in a visual profession. I was really trying to visualize how the haiku could be portrayed. I wanted to create a picture through the words, a feel; a feel and an image. I appreciate that students do the poster design. Students have a lot to offer the organization; they are intrepid and talented! I'm thrilled the posters are placed around Syracuse. It allows people to take pride in their city and it brings a little color and inspiration for all to enjoy.

The haiku was based on Armory nights, and as soon as I read it, I got a scene in my mind's eye that made it easier to make artwork. When I went down to Armory Square to take photos, I happened to see a person at The Blue Tusk sitting at the bar. To me it looked like he was waiting for someone to show up, so that's the scene I painted. The viewer would be the person going to meet a friend at a bar; with the warm lights coming from inside the bar and the extra glass of beer sitting there, it's a welcoming scene. I think it's something that's widely relatable. I wanted people to look at it and be reminded that we have some very big city benefits and of the good parts of the community.