In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was condemned for eternity to push a boulder up a hill only for it to roll down again.

In San Francisco, artist Lee Materazzi decided to create her own mini version of the myth in her garage, creating installations and dismantling them as soon as they were done. 

“A lot of the everyday things people do are like pushing a boulder up a hill to then just have it topple back down – laundry for one.” More photos »

In making The Sopranos this way, Chase aligned himself not with the decades of writers who filled television with stories where all the pieces fit neatly, the way they do in the lists of Benjamin Franklin, as if life was a machine that could be set in motion to produce a predictable result. Instead he associated himself with the art of the modernists who, like Poe, a great, great grandfather of modern art, were flummoxed by their days and nights. Orson Welles, a great favorite of Chase’s, put it this way: “The camera is far more than a recording apparatus. It is a means by which messages come to us from the other world. This is the beginning of magic.”
Great article about the ending of The Sopranos and the show as a whole.