Poster Image

 Empty Factories


Item#: 2021SYR09

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

Empty Factories

poster information


Empty factories
Swapping machines for tenants
Neighborhoods are born

My poetic practice (from a poem of mine):

Sometimes you walk around the corner
and bump into the right word waiting there, smiling
to embrace your thought.
She's lovely in the shadows
and even more radiant on the page.

Once in a while, a strong emotion
wakens you from your slumber,
lifts you up and transports you
to where you've never been,
let's you molt your previous life
and breathe air so fresh
it has a taste.

Illustrating a poster for the Syracuse Poster Project has been on my artist's “bucket list” for a long time, so I was happy to finally have a chance to submit one for the Project's 20th anniversary year.

I chose this haiku because it really spoke to the theme of this year's poster series, and the last line in particular really grabbed me. It gave an opportunity to depict something both historic and futuristic!

In recent years, many old industrial buildings in Syracuse have undergone fabulous makeovers by architects, but as we have sometimes seen, no amount of money or architectural vision will make these neighborhoods come alive if people don't move in and bring color and movement with them.

Although I have worked with physical media in the past, this piece was created on an iPad. Digital tools helped to create a bold perspective for this street scene that I found refreshing to work with.