Most of the sculpture is in some ways a mash up of materials and ideas, perhaps from how he saw his world growing up. Back in school, at times, Leibow found himself the only caucasian kid in his class. He recalled some kids asking, putting him on the spot, “Why do white kids go to the beach to try to look black?” He would reply, “Nothing’s wrong with wanting a tan. Makes you look and feel good. It’s not like people only tan to look black.” This sensation of that feeling was different yet normal—fitting in, but sort of as someone else, has a root connection to his linguistics. Leibow was not fully himself in this cultural divide, growing up in an African-American community, outside the majority. “I could never fully appreciate the horrible degradation most of my school friends or perhaps more their parents had to put up with."