Icarus II, "A Cruel God" by Ellcott

Canvas Prints

Small (8.2" x 8.0")

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This is contemporary take on the myth of Icarus whose father made him a pair of wax & feather wings so he could fly and escape his imprisonment… but not heeding his fathers advice to not fly near the sun during a trial, Icarus did and his wings melted off and he plunged to his death.

It took much research and trials to come up with a ‘convincing’ design for today’s athlete who is out to escape the physical limits of mortal man by using inhumane methods of body alteration to get the advantage over competitors… all in the name of world recognition, fame and a sense of power… although often disguised by truisms like “I liked the challenge” or “we’re pushing the boundaries in the name of science and humanity”.
Here Icarus has had surgical implants to enable his wings to be driven by his body’s diverted blood pressure system connected to pistons which drive the wings. This leaves his hands free for balance, carrying gear etc.

Perhaps the very thing we strive for is the very thing that holds us back in our true human quest for meaning and significance.

This is the first part of a diptych. The second is the “white board” display of the aftermath of this failed attempt to get off the ground… with a full analysis of what worked, what didn’t and the appeal by the Project Manager to gain more funding from the Corporate sponsor.

I’ll try to put it up if anyone’s interested, but it is detailed and pretty hard to see on screen.


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  • Damian
    Damianabout 7 years ago

    Really cool image and design Ellcott. I like the way you’ve taken mythology and turned it to scifi.
    I know what you mean about professional athletes and what they do to their bodies for fame. Still, there will be benefits come from technology, and there’s some I’m hoping happen in my lifetime ;)

  • Ellcott
    Ellcottabout 7 years ago

    Sorry to be so slow acknowledging your reply Damian… it appears I’ve had a ‘sending error’ which hopefully has been sorted.

    Yes I got quite carried away with this whole project, involving a scientist and nurse to help with the “white board” aftermath so it became strangely believable that Icarus had a chance of achieving flight… for a while.

    Anyway I picked up a nice $2000 prize for it at a local Easter comp.

  • bodymechanic
    bodymechanicabout 7 years ago

    a powerful work which is sucessful at many levels. excellent master of the brush!!

  • Damian
    Damianabout 7 years ago

    Wow Ellcott, congrats on the win!

  • Ellcott
    Ellcottabout 7 years ago

    thankyou bodymech.

    I wish it came more easily as it does to many of my painter colleagues.

  • Ellcott
    Ellcottabout 7 years ago

    Ta Damian… pity the money went on bill paying rather than on something more inspiring!

  • Cliff Vestergaard
    Cliff Vestergaardabout 7 years ago

    WOW magic art work well done !

  • Marta Tesoro
    Marta Tesoroabout 7 years ago

    A great idea! Congragulations on the win. I really like the emotion you have put in the character and the way you have done the wings!

  • Tom Godfrey
    Tom Godfreyabout 7 years ago

    Brilliant! My favourite kind of Art, I bow before you Mastah :)

  • ©   Elaine van Dyk
    © Elaine van...about 7 years ago

    Great concept and message, Ellcott, and brilliantly executed in this work.

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