intake photographed 4/20/2021
intake photographed 4/20/2021
intake photographed 4/20/2021
intake photographed 4/20/2021
intake photographed 4/20/2021

Daedalus/Icarus Matrix II


Artist
Michael Ayrton (British, 1921 – 1975)
Date
1968
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Work : 16 3/4 x 9 x 10 1/2 in. (42.55 x 22.86 x 26.67 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection, purchased with funds donated by Jacob E. and Leona M. Nyenhuis
Object Number
2021.1

Label
This sculpture is the study for a larger 8-foot high version that stands within the Arkville Maze in upstate New York. The Arkville Maze, designed and built by Michael Ayrton in 1968-69, is the largest brick-and-stone maze in the world. Situated on a private estate in the Catskill Mountains, the maze measures 120 feet by 200 feet, with its corridors open to the sky. Within the maze are two central chambers, one housing a crouching Minotaur sculpture, the other a Daedalus/Icarus Matrix sculpture. The Matrix sculpture depicts Icarus, son of Daedalus, testing the wax-and-feather wings invented by his father as Daedalus works below on construction of the Labyrinth. Ayrton explained the sculpture in a note to Armand Erpf, the patron who commissioned the Arkville Maze: “Daedalus and Icarus are bound by a further dimension of aspiration, one aspect of which is shown in the making of the maze, the other in the desire to fly upwards to escape it.”

Object Type
Sculpture