"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
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.
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,  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.  Taylor explained in his autobiography that he had no other African Americans to offer him advice and "therefore had to blaze my own trail." 
artist statement - Sisyphean Series
visit Van Alstine Sisyphean Circle - 2008 Beijing Olympic Commission web page