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Outdoor Sculpture: Charles Ginnever

Charles Ginnever
United States, born 1931
Cor-Ten steel
Museum purchase made possible by the Thirtieth Anniversary Project and the National Endowment for the Arts, 1977/2.9

7. Charles Ginnever

Daedalus is one of a series of works Ginnever created during the mid-1970s with titles drawn from classical mythology. Daedalus is the hero of Greek legend who, with his son Icarus, escaped King Minos’s prison on the island of Crete by fashioning a pair of wings out of wax and feathers. Icarus, thrilled by his newfound freedom, refuses to heed his father’s warnings and flies too close to the sun, which melts his wax wings as he falls to his death. The myth of Daedalus and Icarus functions as a cautionary tale against hubris and emphasizes the importance of heeding parental warnings.

Daedalus’s arched footprint and fan of flat planes evoke the shape of a wing in mid-flight. As in much of Ginnever’s work from this period, the open arrangement of geometric forms encourages the viewer to move around the piece. As one circumnavigates it, the sculpture’s formal simplicity at first becomes clear, then it appears to change shape.