Lettl purposely leaves the meaning of this piece to the interpretation of the viewer. In the context of this exhibit, I see the rock-men in the background of the painting as people in power. They are solid, immovable, and enormous. They bask in moonlight, their attention drawn away from the smaller human figures around them. The title of the piece indicates hope, which may be represented by the pearl-like object floating above the water, which a person is breaking out of. This person may be a revolutionary thinker who is "breaking out" to create change and ignite the "future" mentioned in the title. In a Marxist context, this man may be emerging to revolt against the Bourgeosie rock-men along with the oppressed-looking shadowy lower-class figures in the background. There is a lot of potential symbolism going on in this piece, such as the letters carved into the man's orb, the light of the moon, and its reflection. Perhaps the moonlight the man floats toward is symbolic of the "future" of equality he hopes for.