Icarus I Sculpture by Nicola Godden

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Icarus wings
Icarus I -side view
Icarus in a garden setting.
Icarus I. Detail.
Icarus I at the London Olympics in 2012

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Icarus I

Nicola Godden

United Kingdom

Sculpture

Size: 95 W x 138 H x 47 D in

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Sculpture: Bronze on Bronze.

This work was originally made for the London Olympic Games in 2012. The work was situated in the Olympic Village for all the athletes and dignitaries to see.

Nicola Godden is a British sculptor, born in 1959. She spent her childhood in Cyprus, Kenya and Singapore where the feeling of space, light and freedom never left her. She studied for a BA Honours degree in sculpture, in the south of England, and was elected a member of The Royal Society of Sculptors in 1993. Her Sir Peter Scott bronze sculpture was unveiled in 2000 by David Attenborough at the London Wildfowl and Wetlands site.

Nicola’s process of work is to create the original sculpture out of either clay or plaster and then go through the lost wax casting process to produce a piece of work that is hand finished and each one patinated individually so that no two bronzes are identical, even though they are of the same edition.

'This work was inspired by a visit to Greece while learning more about the mythology of Icarus at the time that I was learning to fly myself. It is a piece full of movement, joy and life. A young boy decides to fly freely to escape captivity and eventually flies too close to the sun so that the feathers, attached with wax, melt and he falls to the sea'.

The work is loosely modelled which helps with light and movement when cast into bronze.


Icarus I is one of an edition of only 6 bronzes. Each bronze is hand finished and so each patination colour is unique to the edition piece.

If the current edition piece has been sold it will take about 12-16 weeks to produce the new work. Please bear this in mind when you order.

This figure adapts itself to being a monumental sculpture and could be enlarged as a public piece of work.


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