"I started with 3 classical Roman columns of three different orders and thought I’d wing it from there. On top of these I put three historic Italian style buildings -- one is actually at Yale. They looked like little bird houses. Then I decided to put a bridge connecting them which would help to determine their scale. Then since I had the bridge I put cars on it, giving it a further sense of scale. Then I thought the bottom was a little empty so I put in a tsunami."