Our first three-dimensional, physical object. The sculpture comments on the everyday obstacles creatives face in a world dominated by consumerist logic. At the same time, the sculpture is a physical manifestation of the internalized struggle to climb the proverbial social ladder. The barbed wire disrupts the romantic notion that getting to the top simply requires one step at a time; pain, disguised as the attempt to overcome concrete obstacles established by social rules and constraints, represented by an obstacle made of literal concrete. In the process of creating the sculpture, we became the ladder: it is our combined skeletons. Our personal hopes, dreams, and challenges became manifest in a sculpture of rough materiality.