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New Commemorative Posters Showcase Designs of Legendary Landscape Architect Fletcher Steele

Poster Sales to Raise Funds for SUNY-ESF Scholarships


SYRACUSE, NY – The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) has published a series of three fine art posters commemorating a new exhibit showcasing the life work of renowned landscape designer Fletcher Steele, the “father of modern landscape design”.

"The Gardens of Fletcher Steele" poster collection commemorates the 2004 exhibition of the architect’s sketches, final drawings and rare and dramatic vintage photographs of his famous gardens currently on display at the New York State historic site at Lorenzo in Cazenovia, N.Y. through Oct. 31, 2004.

Design and production of the posters were contributed by Eric Mower and Associates and printing contributed by Canfield & Tack Printers to the SUNY-ESF Foundation. This enables one hundred percent of the proceeds from poster sales to benefit scholarships and academic programs at SUNY-ESF.

The posters measure 16 x 24 inches. Designed for framing, they make ideal décor for home or office. The posters may be previewed and purchased online at www.esf.edu/steele or can be ordered by phone at (315) 470-6683. Posters are $10 each, or $30 for the complete set of three. The price includes shipping to any US address.

“The Fletcher Steele poster collection will allow gardening enthusiasts and all admirers of landscape architecture to own images of some of the most strikingly beautiful modern gardens ever created in America,” said Richard Hawks, chairman of SUNY-ESF’s Faculty of Landscape Architecture.

SUNY-ESF’s landscape architecture program is considered to be one of the top three programs of its kind in the United States.

Each poster has been reproduced from original archival materials. They feature three of the architect’s famous garden designs from the Charlotte Whitney Allen estate in Rochester, N.Y. and Naumkeag, the Mabel Choate Estate in Stockbridge, Mass.

Born in Rochester, N.Y. in 1885, Steele practiced landscape architecture for 60 years as a fine art, designing nearly 700 gardens from Boston to Detroit and from New Brunswick, Canada, to Asheville, N.C. Many consider his work to constitute the essential link between nineteenth-century Beaux Arts formalism and modern landscape design.
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