This remarkable sculpture captures three separate
and distinct aspects of the creative process. It depicts two figures, the first is man,
stylized but reasonably naturalistic. The second figure represents his idea, some
parts clearly formed and other parts undulating, odd and free-form. When viewed from
the right, the man and his idea appear to be facing each other, locked in mortal combat as
the man gets his hand on the throat of his idea. This is the first stage of
development; the time when a man must seize his idea if it is to become something
significant. If it is not seized it becomes merely a passing thought, relegated to
When seen from the left, the man appears to have his idea in a half-nelson wrestling hold;
one arm around the waist and the other over the back of the neck as he forces his idea
into submission. This is the time spent crystallizing and honing; developing and
clarifying an idea into a thing sharp and defined.
Finally, when viewed from behind, the idea's bent and tortured right arm transforms into
an upraised leg in a graceful position reminiscent of ballet. This reminds us that when an
idea is fully developed we forget all of the struggle it took to get there. All is
forgiven and now it appears to be an easy, natural thing of beauty.