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Rich Kelly
Artist
A lot of my illustration work deals with historyóin this case, history of this park, and what it means to the city. I think the allure of history comes from wanting something you canít have. When I was growing up, finding musical and artistic influence, I was fascinated by people and places of the í60s and í70s, and not so much by things of today, because Iím constantly bombarded by images and sounds of those things.

For the poster, I didnít want to do a photo-realistic painting of the monument. Iíve been trying to work more conceptually. So I imagined the two poets in a writing room, actually doing work. And since the haiku mentions them overseeing the city, I made a fake town on the desk. Visually, as I was illustrating it, the scene seemed like a game of chess.

Two Schiller Park bards
oversee the city below:
poem in motion

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