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Flight of Daedalus and Icarus
|Official name:||Arts and Sciences of the Ancient World: The Flight of Daedalus and Icarus|
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Italian Glass Mosaic as displayed at 120 North LaSalle StreetThe Story:Daedalus was a great artist and architect. He designed King Minosâ€™s grand palace in Crete. He also created the Labyrinth for the king, a maze in which Minos could keep the Minotaur monster trapped. The Labyrinth acted as a prison for Minosâ€™s enemies, ensuring that eventually they would be killed by the Minotaur. When Daedalus convinced Minosâ€™s daughter, the princess Ariadne, to give her love Theseus a ball of string to find his way out of the Labyrinth, Minos sentenced Daedalus and his son Icarus to be imprisoned in the Labyrinth. Daedalus knew that his Labyrinth maze would be impossible to escape on foot, but Daedalus was smart and considered himself a great problem solver. Daedalus figured out that the only way they would be able to escape would be to fly out of the Labyrinth, so he managed to create gigantic wings, using branches of osier and connected them with wax. He taught Icarus how to fly, but warned him to keep away from the sun because the heat would make the wax melt, destroying the wings.Icarus was too elated with the flight, and he forgot about his fatherâ€™s warning and flew high up near the sun. The wax of his wings melted, his wings were destroyed and Icarus fell into Aegean and drowned. The History: There is now a section of the Aegean known as the Icarian Sea that is said to be the place where Icarus fell. The Installation: Roger Brownâ€™s The Flight of Daedalus and Icarus, depicts this first moment of escape, where the two are flying free over the Aegean.
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