5th Avenue & 52nd Street, Manhattan, 40 x 30 in.
"Fire hydrants are integral parts of the urban landscape, sometimes unnoticed, but they are all over the city, every block. I was excited when I saw the beautiful effect of the colored reflections dressing this fire hydrant. Maybe it is the artistâ€™s duty to seek for hidden beauty in everyday simple things. Most of the time we are so busy doing the â€śurgentâ€ť that we donâ€™t have time for the â€śimportant.â€ť
I had felt the secret of an image was the contrasts in it. But it was very intuitive. Since I came to know Eli Siegelâ€™s philosophy, my ideas have become more clear, more conscious and stronger, with more structure. Aesthetic Realism gave my intuitions more foundation." --JB