Poster Image

Concrete in the Sky


Item#: 2019SYR18

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.

Medium- and large-format posters are available by custom order. Contact us for details.

Poem Inspiration Location

Concrete in the Sky

poster information


Concrete in the sky!
A road can carve a city,
not conquer its soul.

“May you live in interesting times.” We started following the I-81 viaduct issue back in 2015. The community has become actively involved with the fate of this section of highway through community meetings, heated discussions, political posturing, letters to the editor, and media coverage. Through it all one thing stands out—people love our city and only want what's “best” for it. Like a sleeping giant, Syracuse is emerging from its rest and regaining the vibrancy that has been dormant for many years. Just walk around downtown during the work week to see the hustle and bustle of a dynamic city.

No matter the decision about the road, the soul of Syracuse will be able to handle it.

I have been an artist as long as I can remember. I stuck with pen and pencil cartooning mostly. But there's barely a medium I haven't at least tried. I particularly love creating 3D pieces out of foam core, but I get the most joy drawing characters that reflect all the wonderful (and not so wonderful) aspects of humans.

I chose this haiku without hesitation. I've always loved stark contrasts, and the balance between the hard, cold architecture of this city and the soft and warm character of its residents is something I have always loved. This was my first attempt at creating a piece fully digitally, and I love what it let me do with color to bring it to life.