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Obstacles Before the Goal

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Obstacles Before the Goal

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Lonnie Holley
American, born 1950

Date

1994

Medium

Metal fencing and soccer ball

Accession #

1996.41

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Alabama artist Lonnie Holley transforms the detritus of society into powerful critiques of social ills such as unwanted children, racial injustice, religious hypocrisy, environmental destruction, technological progress, and violent crime. In Obstacles before the Goal, one of Holley’s most straightforward works, the trapped soccer ball symbolizes the obstacles that prevent an individual from achieving success. Holley envisions life as a strategic contest—a game that demands mindfulness, discipline, and endurance.

Credit

Gift of William Arnett

Image Copyright

(c) Lonnie Holley/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York