Randall Exon has acknowledged that a rich source of inspiration for this work was a dilapidated screen door that needed another setting: "I saw this dilapidated screen door on a building in Media, Pennsylvania. It looked as if it hadn’t been opened in years. I knew from the beginning that the setting was not right. So I struggled for a while coming up with the right alternative. Somehow the door traveled from downtown Media to the beach in New Jersey. There are still a few old beach houses left after National Parks were developed. I imagined this one being slowly covered by sand—like the Sphinx."