The story of Icarus is a favorite, encompassing the iconic representation of our need to push boundaries and taking foolish, even dangerous risks for that experience. Like Icarus’ fateful flight, humans push invention to heights that surpass our materials. This Icarian sculpture, uses fifty-two borosilicate glass reflectors whose dichroic coating has become discolored through exposure to the heat of 750 watt high performance tungsten halogen lamps. Icarus’ shape resembles the feathering of wings, and chimerical landscapes. Light reflects off of Icarus both in strong, single-spine gestures, as well as in soft, downy wings. The desire to touch and interact with the broken glass might draw you too close to the sun.
Laser painting photography by Aron Altmark. Other photography by Jac Adair.