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Raising the Bar

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"RAISING THE BAR" 34"x40" by Nina Benedetto © 2010


The "vertical hold" of the antique TV screen is malfunctioning as an athlete struggles to lift an incredible amount of weight. It is difficult to know whether he is having any "fun", given the grimace shown on his face. We do know that if he masters that weight, then surely he will be challenged to add more.

High jumpers are depicted going over the vertical hold bar. The mythical figure of Icarus is shown at the moment he becomes fully aware that he indeed has flown too close to the sun. The sunflowers in the background are a tribute to the painting by Van Gogh.




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