Shown at Vision of Beauty Art Complex is an installation titled “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”, created by Sheldon BeRgman and Angelika Corral. The creators got inspired by the homonym ekphrastic poem by the 20th-century American poet William Carlos Williams, that was written in response to the oil painting “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”, traditionally attributed to Pieter Bruegel. Once again they created a multi media scene, using sounds, images and objects that interact with the visitors. Sheldon and Angelika also created a pen drawing illustration, the center element of the installation, depicting Icarus fall.

In Greek Mythology, Icarus was the son of Daedalus, a famous craftsman. Daedalus was a highly regarded inventor and sculptor in his homeland, Athens. But Daedalus was as jealous as genius, and worried that his nephew was a more skilled craftsman, he murdered him. As punishment, Daedalus was banned from Athens, but famous by its reputation of great inventor, Daedalus was immediately welcomed by the Crete’s king, Minos.

After Minos’ rise as king of Crete, he prayed to Poseidon, the sea’s god, for a sign of support. Poseidon sent a giant white bull out of the sea, with the understanding that it would be sacrificed to the god. But enchanted by its beauty, Minos decided to keep the white bull and sacrificed one of his own. To punish Minos, Poseidon made his wife, Pasiphae, fall in love with the white bull.

In Crete, Daedalus’ creations were even more impressive, and the king’s wife, aware of his great inventions, asked him to help her seduce the bull. Daedalus, then, had the brilliant idea to build a hollow wooden cow. The wooden cow was so realistic that it fooled the bull, and, with Pasiphae hidden inside of the cow, she was impregnated, giving birth to the Minotaur, a creature with the head of a bull and the body of a man.

As punishment, Daedalus was forced to construct a labyrinth beneath the palace to imprison the Minotaur. To keep the secret of who the Minotaur was, Minos imprisoned Daedalus and his son, Icarus, in a tower, above his palace.

But, from the top of the tower, Daedalus, observing the birds flying around the prison, had the idea to create two sets of wings for himself and his son, fashioning them out of wax and feathers.

Deadalus warned Icarus neither to fly too close to the sea, nor too close to the sun, just following his path. With the instructions clear, they flew away, out of the tower, being the first mortals ever to fly. Overcome by the feeling of divine power, Icarus ascended higher and higher, soaring into the sky. The heat melted the wax, and Icarus soon realized that he had no feathers left, only flapping his bare arms. This way he fell into the sea and drowned.

As long as the visitors land in the installation, instructions about how to start the immersive environment featuring visual elements and music will be given.

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, by Sheldon BeRgman and Angelika Corral

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