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Poster Project

Canal side commerce, briefcase, balloon, umbrella, echos of past steps

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, August 17, 2019
1. Poster Project Marker
Inscription.  This building was originally a dry goods store typical of those along the Erie Canal. The south side of the building, opening onto Water Street, featured a storefront, while the north side served to unload goods arriving by the canal. The building now serves the storage needs of the Erie Canal Museum.

In keeping with the building's history and to mark the canal's 2017 bicentennial, the Museum teamed up with the Syracuse Poster Project to install three poster panels in the second story windows. The installation was funded by a grant from Tomorrow's Neighborhoods Today.

Founded in 2001, the Poster Project brings together poets and Syracuse University artists to create an annual series of illustrated poetry posters for the kiosks of downtown Syracuse.

The Project enlivens downtown, strengthens the city's sense of place, and reaches the larger community by selling poster prints, note cards, and poetry booklets. Among the 16 posters for 2017, the Project produced one special poster to mark the canal's bicentennial. For this it commissioned an illustration by graduate student Tong "Amy" Su. Poets then wrote haiku to complement
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By Cosmos Mariner, August 17, 2019
2. Poster Project Marker (wide view)
the image. Ross Getman submitted the winning haiku.

Order poster products or locate stores at: www.posterproject.org.

Ross Getman Poet
I have been for the past few years first mate on a canal boat called the Eriecuse. But then due to the capsizing of a rowboat that was overloaded, the captain demoted me to boat poet. But actually that's somewhat of a made up story.

My brother-in-law built this canal boat called Eriecuse, made it in a garage, and it's just been a wonderful experience. After the rowboat incident, I was actually promoted by my mother-in-law to safety commissioner. So now anything I say, goes. If we're on the water, and I tell people to put on their lifejackets, they have to comply.

As for the haiku, I don't want to over interpret it. I mainly want to seize the wonderful opportunity of promoting the Erie Canal, given its bicentennial and the upcoming World Canals Conference.


Tong "Amy" Su Artist
I'm from Chang Sha, from the southeastern part of China, in Hunan Province. I was familiar with the canal because in my high school we had global geography class, and they mentioned the Erie Canal as the second longest canal in the world. The longest one is the Jing-Hang Canal, from Beijing to Hangzhou.

So I was aware of the Erie Canal, but didn't really know that it goes through Syracuse.
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By Cosmos Mariner, August 17, 2019
3. Canal side commerce, briefcase, balloon, umbrella, echos of past steps
When I researched it, I saw that it went through Clinton Square, and that it really influenced people's daily life. So for the poster, I just imagined how people lived with the canal around them, and I tried to convey their emotional connections. I used a perspective that looks down on the canal, because the water itself can show passion, can show its own beauty. I wanted to present it like a face, so you see it face to face.

 
Location. 43° 3.04′ N, 76° 8.9′ W. Marker is in Syracuse, New York, in Onondaga County. Marker can be reached from Erie Boulevard East (New York State Route 5) just east of Montgomery Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is mounted at eye-level on northwest corner of the old warehouse building adjacent to the Erie Canal Museum, facing north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse NY 13202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Double Enders (here, next to this marker); Locks (a few steps from this marker); Gateway to the World (within shouting distance of this marker); Why a Weighlock? (within shouting distance of this marker); Gardening Along the Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Erie Boulevard Was Once the Erie Canal
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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