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Create an illustration to accompany the phrase: “Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears”. The challenge was to interpret this vers… Read More
Create an illustration to accompany the phrase: “Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears”. The challenge was to interpret this verse without trite or overly sentimental imagery. The illustration should do more than depict the literal subject matter Read Less
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I researched the life of the author, including interviews and essays which addressed the author’s inspiration for the poem. After I felt I had a good sense of the author’s intent, I set about to narrow down my possible subject matter to a classic symbol of American industry in the early 20th century-the Chrysler Building in New York. I wanted to capture the sense of drama, wonder and achievement that was prevalent during that period of American history. But more than an architectural solution was required-I needed to address the human element as well. After many sketches I centered around a quiet moment perched high on one of the steel gargoyles. The solution lay in the juxtaposition of architectural drama and everyday life.