“Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son. Daedalus tried his wings first, but before trying to escape the island, he warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea, but to follow his path of flight. Overcome by the giddiness that flying lent him, Icarus soared into the sky, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which due to the heat melted the wax. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms, and so Icarus fell into the sea in the area which today bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos.”

“In Breughel’s Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away

Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may

Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,

But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone

As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green

Water, and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen

Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,

Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.”

(W. H. Auden, “Musée des Beaux Arts”, 1940)


This triptych tells the story of a son. Here dreams Icarus! His father bestowed upon him a gift of freedom and independence. The son hastily embraced the gift and dared to mirror it a destiny. Here soars Icarus! Oblivious to the rest of the world, he spreads his wings in hope of a perpetual game of permutations that would define his very self. His safety net: the illusion of geometrical repetitions with illustrious outcomes. His destination: the hypothesis of a rainbow, distilled into courageous parametric re-compositions. Here rests Icarus. And elsewhere, since the autumn of ‘17, rests a father.

The Alien Structures photographs are part of a larger series entitled Impossible Architectures, started a few years ago, which is a long-term open-ended project structured in three different tiers. The sequence that I’m presenting puts under a hyper-realist intimate scrutiny several architectural images. The mirroring applied to the original images accentuates the inherent dual nature of the subject and creates a new potential space of self-integration, thus giving birth to new impossible architectural disclosures. The reflected image is, in fact, a newborn architectural space that enriches the world of the imaginary, highlighting the infinite possibilities to dream on. The world of dreams, the most intimate of spaces, becomes a never-ending speculation – perhaps a little Freudian, but nonetheless nourishing. It is not a haze, but a daydream, within which different scenarios may be played-out by the viewer’s imagination.” (more on Impossible Architectures – Alien Structures)

Collector’s Edition Prints Set available, more details on THE WĪ́KAROS TRIPTYCH.

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