"SISYPHEAN CIRCLE (homage to Major Taylor)" 2019, granite / galvanized and powdercoated steel, 80"h x70"w x16"d (w/o base)

203 x178 x40 cm


Pronunciation: 'si-s&-f&s
Function: noun
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.



Major Taylor, 1906-1907.jpg

Taylor in July 1907

Taylor's legacy lies in his willingness to challenge racial prejudice as an African American athlete in the white-dominated sport of cycling. He was also hailed as a sports hero in France and Australia. Taylor, who became a role model for other athletes facing racial prejudice and discrimination, [5] was "the first great black celebrity athlete" and a pioneer in his efforts to challenge segregation in sports . He also paved the way for others facing similar circumstances. [55] Taylor explained in his autobiography that he had no other African Americans to offer him advice and "therefore had to blaze my own trail." [128]

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 visit Van Alstine Sisyphean Circle  -  2008 Beijing Olympic Commission web page