In Greek mythology, Icarus was the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, the architect of the labyrinth of Crete. After Theseus, king of Athens and enemy of Minos King of Crete, escaped from the labyrinth, King Minos suspected that Icarus and Daedalus had revealed the labyrinth's secrets and imprisoned them. In order to escape, Daedalus crafted two pairs of wings made of feathers and wax, one for himself and one for Icarus.
However, Daedalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun or too close to the sea, as the wax on his wings would melt or the feathers would get wet, causing him to
fall. Icarus was overcome with excitement and flew too close to the sun, causing his wings to melt and sending him plummeting into the sea, where he drowned.
The myth of Icarus has inspired countless works of art and literature, including a statue in Karaiskaki Square in Athens, Greece. The statue depicts Icarus falling from the
sky with his wings melting, and serves as a poignant reminder of the dangers of overreaching and not heeding wise advice.
The statue was created by the Greek sculptor Vassilis Vassili, and was installed in Karaiskaki Square in 1999. It has become a popular landmark and tourist attraction in
Athens, and serves as a symbol of the enduring power of Greek mythology to inspire and educate.