Reflecting his fascination with the human theatre, MacDonald has often turned to the subject of the human form as an expression of the physical and spiritual nature of existence. Athletes, in particular, have provided the focus for MacDonald’s art, as the mental discipline and physical endurance necessary to attaining athletic excellence together exemplify the most ideal aspects of human endeavor. The two sculptures of the Male Athlete represent MacDonald’s first explorations into bas relief medium. As if being “given” life, the athlete emerges through the surface of the sculptural block. The taut, perfectly defined musculature reveals a degree of strength and coordination that can only be achieved through perseverance and sense of purpose. Such discipline represents, for MacDonald, the excellence of the human spirit.