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R. Paul Lilly
Artist
Syracuse has so much character. We have a rich history of heroes and villains, tragedy, triumph and lives lived. I chose this haiku because it made me think immediately of our city’s character. Echoing the past and imagining the future is how I believe so many arrived here. The old rail transfer station was an obvious choice not just because of its now iconic statues; it reflects on our city’s history as a hub of comings and goings, beginnings and ends. I love the stark contrast of our city’s many diverse people and backgrounds and our gritty determination to survive and thrive. This haiku illustrated this perfectly for me, and I tried to capture that in illustrating it for you.

Bearing hopes and dreams,
we arrived with a suitcase,
to make a new home.

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