Not Olympic Rings

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Steel rod, wire, plastic bracelets, can lids, washers, television dial, machine parts, metal and plastic rings
50.75 x 27 x 24 inches
Collection of
High Museum of Art
Museum purchase and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

We have to learn how to believe in one’s self. At the time I made this sculpture, I didn’t feel that I was worthy of having my work displayed at the Olympics, thinking that the five rings of the Olympics were greater than I was. I gathered all the rings from around me (radio dials, Washers, bracelets, filters for lawn mowers, carburetor and muffler and water pump gaskets, a drum ring, and others) and that showed me that I had the ability to see the rings, and the rings around me were even more powerful and more important and helpful than any Olympic ring.