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    Artist Name:

    Lonnie Holley

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, born 1950


    Obstacles Before the Goal




    Metal fencing and soccer ball


    15 1/2 x 14 inches

    Credit Line:

    Gift of William Arnett

    Accession Number:


    Currently Not on View
    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.

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