Taking inspiration from a storefront that Cronin saw in Tamba-Counda, he was inspired to make the eponymous artwork. As the closest city to Sinthian, any ventures Cronin took off-sight were to Tamba-Counda. The expansive and overlaid patterns on the painting, not only reflect the design of the window dressing but also the ethnically diverse make-up of the city itself. As the largest city in eastern Senegal, Tamba-Counda is the regional capital of the province and home to over 70,000 people. First settled by the Mandike people on the outskirts of the Mali Empire, Tamba-Counda’s population represents the highest number of ethnic groups in Senegal. A region rich in cultural heritage and particularly music and dance, Cronin had the opportunity to meet Negger Dou Tamba, an iconic hip-hop artist in Senegal and Saliou Diop, a local artist in Tamba-Counda.
His weekly trips to Tamba-Counda allowed Cronin to engage with a wider cultural community while he was in Senegal. Given that Thread is eight hours from Dakar, Cronin was initially concerned that he would not be able to source painting boards for the entirety of his residence. As a solution, he bought a sheet of plywood here in the United States and cut it into panels that fit into his check-in luggage. This artwork is the culmination of over thirty days of painting on-site. As a modular design, Cronin was able to take it apart and reassemble it back in his studio in New York.