Aspiration was created in response to a discussion Polasek had with another sculptor who believed that a composition should be made to present one side to the viewer, the other views being unimportant. Polasek felt that even though there is a distinct “face” to most sculptures, all sides should and can be equally interesting to the viewer. In this work, a seated female holds musical pipes in her right hand, while her raised left arm circles a cherub head. As she kisses the cherub she drinks in a breath of musical inspiration. In 1915, Aspiration won the Widener Gold Medal at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ annual exhibition.