On January 9, 1788 (227 years ago today), Connecticut became our nation's fifth state. It has been around for so long and features such a rich and storied history—what do you get the state that has given us the telephone book, nuclear-powered submarines, PEZ candy, the can opener, ESPN, and clams on pizza?

Many of my closest friends are from Connecticut, and each time I visit the nutmeg state I am greeted with warmth and friendliness from both familiar faces and strangers. I love Connecticut, and to celebrate its birthday I have made the following works of art (partly inspired by these works of art). Each features a quote taken directly from a positive Yelp review of a notable Connecticut attraction. These quotes are overlaid on top of fair use stock images of their subjects.

It was the least I could do.

Connecticut State Capitol Building

[Quote via Yelp]

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Connecticut River

[Quote via Yelp]

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Gillette Castle State Park

[Quote via Yelp]

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Mystery Place

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University of Connecticut

[Quote via Yelp]

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Mohegan Sun

[Quote via Yelp]

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Connecticut Convention Center

[Quote via Yelp]

All images courtesy iStock.