Daedalus 1/7 Dale Dunning

Year
2012
Medium
Aluminum
Size
44 × 27 × 9 inches
111.8 × 68.6 × 22.9 cm
$12500
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Repurposed lead type, welded together to form a large and haunting mask, is cast in aluminum by Dale Dunning. The addition of wings completes the narrative of Daedalus who in Greek mythology was a skilled craftsman and the father of the doomed Icarus. Ovid in the Metamorphoses relates how Daedalus constructed wings with feather and wax for both he and Icarus. Both men took flight but Icarus soared too close to the sun. The wax in his wings melted and he quickly fell into the sea and drowned. This sculpture is 1 in an edition of 7. Dale Dunning holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree (1971) from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. While earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (1969) from Mt. Alison University, he studied under Lawren P. Harris (son of Group of Seven member Lawren S. Harris) and George Tiessen. Dunning has exhibited across Canada and his work is held in private, corporate and public collections including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, McIntosh Gallery at Western University, Carleton University Art Collection, and the National Library of Canada.

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