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 Thousands March like Ants


Item#: 2016SYR08

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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.

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Thousands March like Ants

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Thousands march like ants
Uphill. Wearing orange, blue
Invade a white dome.

My wife and I moved from Syracuse down here to South Carolina almost two years ago. When writing this haiku, I thought of my very fond memories of marching uphill to the Dome to attend basketball games and football games.

At the same time, I was considering haiku's relationship with nature, so I wound up thinking of a bird's eye view over the city and how an outsider might look down and see these people all dressed in the same colors, walking up to the Dome like ants walking up an anthill. Often the buildup and anticipation of an event can be exciting as the event itself. You've finally gotten out of work, maybe just met up with a friend, and this is the beginning of your night. It can be just as exciting as watching the game.

For me being from Syracuse going to the Dome has always been something exciting even when you're a kid. I was trying to find a haiku that was about my hometown, but also my university. I like basketball. I like the atmosphere of the games. They're fun!

It's an exciting environment to be in—all the people. It's kind of intense to see everybody to come together.

I wanted to focus on the architecture here because I think that's something very interesting about Syracuse. I used some of the buildings that I think are most iconic on the campus and had a hill leading up to the dome.

The architecture here is amazing if you take time to look around Syracuse, downtown or on campus, there's some really cool stuff on the buildings. All you have to do is look up.