Waxed Folly of Icarus

Waxed Folly of Icarus

How foolish he was.

Waxed Folly of Icarus


20 x 28 x 8


assemblage: fabric, wood, porcelain, metal, found objects


In Greek mythology, Icarus was the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, the architect of the labyrinth of Crete. When the king imprisoned both Icarus and Daedalus, they escaped using wings constructed from feathers, threads from blankets, clothes and beeswax. Daedalus warned Icarus to fly away from the heat of  the sun to avoid the melting of his  wings and to keep away from the sea's dampness which would soak the his wings.

Icarus ignored his father's warnings, flew too close to the sun which caused the beeswax to melt.  Icarus plunged to his death into the sea.

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