Poster Image

 The Old Cicada


Item#: 2021SYR14

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.

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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

The Old Cicada

poster information


The old cicada
shells of factories lay strewn
with bright new flowers

The inspiration for this haiku was Syracuse's faded industrial past and the ways in which its physical remnants—the brick-and-mortar husks of its factories and foundries and warehouses—remain as fertile ground for the city's current artistic and cultural flourishing. From the university's arts and literary programs, to the Everson, to ArtRage, to the Redhouse and the Landmark, to the individual studio spaces of working artists, to the Poster Project itself, the city's creative shoots and artistic climbing vines—its present and artistic handwork and heart work—are rooted in and wrapped around the vestiges of its historic manufacturing body.

Since moving to Central New York, learning about Syracuse's architecture and history has become a priority of mine. I love seeing the growth and revitalization that's happening in the city and am optimistic for the future.

I think that this haiku perfectly describes the growth path that Syracuse is on. I wanted the illustration to capture optimism for the future while paying tribute to the architecture and history that makes Syracuse unique.