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Icarus Rising bronze.
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Icarus Rising II Sculpture

Nicola Godden

United Kingdom

Sculpture, Bronze on Bronze

Size: 79 W x 102 H x 24 D in

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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. Nicola’s ‘Icarus I’ was shown at the London Olympics in 2012. 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. 'The story of Icarus and his father Daedalus has fascinated me for years and I love making sculpture based on this Greek Legend. I have wanted to make a large version of this piece for a while and this is it. I would like to make a monumental version of this idea one day soon. I cast in bronze because it has an amazing history of it's own that is as old as the myth. There is a sense of joy and life in the work that I hope will be felt by the viewer.' This bronze is one of a small edition of 6 and would take approximately 12 to 16 weeks to hand cast in bronze ready for shipping. The size and price include the base shown. This sculpture is signed and numbered by hand engraving in the bronze and accompanied by a hand written Authenticity Certificate.

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Sculpture:Bronze on Bronze

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:79 W x 102 H x 24 D in

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I have been a Sculptor for over 30 years. My pieces are created in either plaster or clay and the finished article is then cast in bronze or resin. The bulk of my work has been my private work of various sizes exhibited in galleries in the U.K, Ireland and the USA. Over the years I have also worked on many site specific public works with property companies and other organisations. My public works include the statue of Sir Peter Scott at the Wetlands Centre in Barnes, England and the sculpture of Icarus that was commissioned for the Olympic Village in London 2012. My work, whether it is abstract or realistic, is nearly always based on the human figure and there is usually a story behind every piece. I have always wanted to work from the human form because of the feelings and emotions it conveys. My work has changed enormously over time and has gone through many phases. These phases have been heavily influenced by what was happening in my life. Ideas for new work can come from anywhere. They can come from a piece of flint or bone found while out walking or from a dream, mythology or something briefly half seen while travelling somewhere. Over the last few years I have been excited by the mythological figure of Icarus and have produced a series of ‘Icarus’ pieces. These ideas began when I was learning how to fly (in an Ikarus C42) and I found the combination of man and wings so compelling. I work in clay or plaster because it is fast and I like to get the ideas out quickly. I start with a metal supporting armature and use aluminium wire to produce the rough shape I am after. I like to keep the spontaneity and to get ideas as I work so I rarely produce a sketch of the piece before I start working on it. Most of my finished work is cast in bronze. Light reflects well off the surface and it can be irresistible to touch. I enjoy people wanting to touch the finished work. Casting bronze is complex and time consuming and I try to be involved at each stage of the process. This metal is timeless and has its own fascinating history and, of course, should outlive us all.

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