Icarus

Cloth 94 1/4" x 100". Silk, gold braid, over-dyed leather, coloured and acrylic pencils, and sequins from designer dresses. Hand appliqued and machine quilted. 121 3/4" with the gold-leafed stainless steel sun above.

Daedalus, an architect and the father of Icarus, was imprisioned on the island of Crete. To escape, Daedalus fashioned wings of feathers and wax which he bound to Icarus and taught him to fly. When they set out to escape, Icarus was warned by his father not to fly too close to the sun. Enraptured by his freedom, Icarus soared toward the sun, the wax on his wings melted and he plunged into the sea. He is forever mythologised for his effort to exceed human bounds.

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