Michael Ayrton Icarus Transformed I 1961

Artwork details

Artist
Michael Ayrton 1921–1975
Title
Icarus Transformed I
Date 1961
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 203 x 584 x 305 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Benjamin Sonnenberg 1961
Reference
T00460
Not on display

Display caption

Daedalus, the father of Icarus, who made his wings, was a sculptor, and Ayrton gave this as one of the reasons for his fascination with this myth. He was also trying to find in sculpture 'a paraphrase of the human body' at the moment of death, and had studied photographs of astronauts subjected to gravitational forces that distorted the flesh of their faces. The body of the figure is modelled on an animal's skull.

August 2004

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