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This lithograph is based on a hotel sign in Chicago. The image is composed so that each of the star's five points is cropped to a different degree. In this way, I've tried to create a dynamic of radiating energy—almost a feeling of fireworks. I wanted the sign to appear as though it is pushing beyond the limits of the picture's edges.

This print is an attempt to convey some of the exuberance of the city, but not just of Chicago. The geographic location of specific signs is not important to me. I depict the energy I find in most American cities.

The image on the left is one of the source photographs Cottingham took while in Chicago.

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