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Danielle Ceneta
I liked the imagery of the crows in the last line of the haiku. Since it was site-specific, I had to gather reference photos that included monuments in the area so I bought my camera downtown to Columbus Circle. When I arrived there were birds gathered at the fountain and homeless people sitting on benches. It was too early in the season for crows and bare trees, so I fabricated that part in the illustration. Once I had my idea ready, I went for the drawing in pen and ink and finished up with watercolor washes. I enjoyed researching for the project and going into the city. It was great to work with talented local writers and be given so much creative freedom with the illustration.

Roosting in bare trees
Over Columbus Circle
The crows are black leaves.

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