"SISYPHEAN CIRCLE XXVII (powerhouse)" 2007,
slate/pigmented and sealed steel, 21"h x29"w x7"d
homage to photographer Lewis W. Hine and his Powerhouse Mechanic (below)
private collection, Washington,DC
Lewis W. Hine's 1920 black and white photo, Powerhouse Mechanic for me is imbued formally and conceptually
with the a wonderful sense of the Sisyphean Myth. This image together with the French existentialist Albert Camus' writings on "reconsidering" the plight of Sisyphus have been influential in creation of the of my Sisyphean Circle series.
Etymology: Latin, from Greek Sisyphos
: a legendary king of Corinth condemned eternally to repeat the cycle of rolling a heavy rock up a hill in Hades only to have it roll down again as it nears the top