University of Southern California
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Icarus Flying
Cast Iron, approx. 6'X7'

Artist Statement: The myth of Icarus has, in our culture, come to demonstrate the case for industry and science, a father’s love for his son and ideal of moderation. My interpretation of the story focuses on Icarus, as the hero: youthful and exuberant. He was raised by a brilliant father. He is full with ideas and desire. But, he has been isolated, trapped on an island his whole life. When he has his first moment of flying free, by intuition, he soars, rushing to experience his joy. His wings are melted, his flesh burned by the sun. He crashes into the sea. He is drowned but he survives, transformed. He is in pieces, but his spirit is not broken. He has suffered, but he is beautiful, glowing with radiance that can only come from experiencing the possibility of rapture in his own life.

If today, Icarus were to land in the world, it would be in Los Angeles. This is the place where people come to recreate themselves.


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