Poster Image

City Lights Aglow


Item#: 2018SYR02

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

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Poem Inspiration Location

City Lights Aglow

poster information


City lights aglow
constellations of mankind
yes, let there be light

I've always taken inspiration from being out under a starry sky. Especially when out in the natural world, looking up at a night time sky is a great vantage point for admiring all the beauty and creation in the natural world. I get a similar sense when driving into or out of the city at night. The approaching lights of a cityscape are very much like the constellations of the human built world. It's equally inspiring to reflect on all of the creation that exists within the city lights. Just as the arrangement of stars forms a constellation from the human perspective, the arrangement of a city's structures, neighborhoods, cultures and communities form its own unique identity in the world. This haiku was intended to pay tribute to the differences and similarities that exist in the creation of the natural and human built world, and how each can be equally inspiring from the right perspective.

I love cityscapes, especially how light can transform ordinary street scenes and highlight architecture. I was drawn to this haiku because I knew I wanted to paint one of the historic Syracuse buildings. I chose the Syracuse Savings Bank, renowned for its gothic revival style, beauty and longevity. I had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad which strengthened my belief that American cities need to preserve the past. I chose to execute the poster as a painting because my end goal was to create a dramatic rendering paying homage to the bank's unique architectural elements. Hues of blue and orange represent Syracuse University. My painting style is impressionistic, each brushstroke tells a story.