The beauty in each IKTAM piece lies in its origin story. Whether it’s a moment in history, a mythical figure, or classic movements, our metal wall art décor and sculptures are handcrafted with an idea in mind. And ICARO is no different. This dynamic piece is inspired by the wings of Icarus, a popular myth in Greek history. However, unlike the myth’s tragic ending, ICARO represents our desire to take flight, explore the world, and take on new opportunities. Do you resonate with ICARO’s intention? Learn more about Icarus’ meaning and how his story informed our abstract metal art wall décor. And maybe you’ll find ICARO speaking to you in more ways than you thought.
What is the Story of Icarus?
In Greek mythology, Icarus is the son of Daedalus, the master craftsman who created the Labyrinth for King Minos of Crete. The king had commissioned Daedalus to build a structure to imprison the Minotaur, however Daedalus had helped Theseus, the king’s enemy, survive the Labyrinth and defeat the Minotaur. As you may imagine, the king was enraged and trapped both Daedalus and Icarus inside the Labyrinth as punishment. In an effort to escape, Daedalus fashioned two sets of wings out of wax and feathers for he and his son to fly out of the Labyrinth. Going first, Daedalus warns his son to follow his path—avoiding getting too close to the sea or sky. However, Icarus does not heed his father’s warning and instead flies upward toward the sun and the wax of his wings begins to melt. One by one his feathers fell off, and Icarus fell into the sea and drowned.
What Does Icarus Mean in Everyday Speech?
In its essence, Icarus is a story of hubris as he chose to disobey his father thinking he, himself, knew better. When we see someone follow their own over-ambition, we’re reprimanded by the idiom “don’t fly too close to the sun.” What Icarus is to modern times is simply a warning to remain humble.
Our Icarus Art Sculpture Interpretation
ICARO is meant to inspire. It’s not a warning, reprimand or reminder of failure—in fact, it’s the opposite. Part of Icarus’ journey was his giddiness to fly. And just like a paper airplane with no definite destination, ICARO has just one goal: to soar. Which areas of the world are calling you? Where do you want to explore? Does travel inspire you? Do you have an adventurous nature? If you could choose one piece to represent you within your home, what would it say? Perhaps wings wall art, like ICARO, could speak for you and spark conversations about your inner need to just go.
At IKTAM we emphasize the connection between you and the pieces you choose to showcase in your home. The intention behind our work is to create something that speaks directly to you, and after learning more about Icarus and his part in ICARO’s creation, we hope you feel drawn to its story and meaning.