"The Empty Plaza" is a highly effective as it uses stark, streamlined realism and lighting to convey the experience of isolation. There is no need for a lecture from a docent to understand it's theme. On the other hand, like a Edward Hooper painting, it depth increases the more one looks at it. One can see that there is no physical danger lurking and that the elderly man is in his home town. He may not be lonely but he is alone and will only become older and more challenged as he continues to age. This work shows Steven Curtis at his best.