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I drew the Citgo sign with this piece in mind to be the next piece in my Perspectives series. The history of the sign is interesting as the sign has been a fixture in Kenmore Sq since 1940. When I see the sign I do not think of Citgo as a business, the brand has been changed in my mind; see the Campbell’s soup cans now after looking at the images in Andy Warhol’s pop art pieces. Now the sign has less to do with gasoline and more to do with being a landmark significant to students, residents, visitors, sports fans, and athletes. I used to be a baseball crazed kid and followed the Red Sox with an unhealthy passion for many years in my life. That Citgo sign showed up in my drawings of Fenway Park, as it was just as important a part of the scene as the Green Monster to me. And then since I stopped paying attention to baseball the sign has been a reminder that it also happens to stand as an indicator that there is just one more mile to run in the Boston Marathon.

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