Martin Thomas Smyczek II's avatar Martin Thomas Smyczek II

ICARUS, generally speaking, represents failed ambition.

In this piece, the medium chosen gives a different take to this Greek Myth. Using beer caps to represent how we as humans ignore warning signs, from the mundane to the monstrous, that ultimately lead us to our demise.

Started in February of 2011, with a hand built wooden frame. From there, 6 aluminum sheets were procured from a local printer to be used as the canvas. The sheets are wrapped around the frame, and screwed down. Adhered to the aluminum canvas using construction adhesive, are approx 8,000 beer bottle caps. Each cap has been flattened by hand using a hammer and a piece of wood.

ICARUS took over a thousand hours to complete.

Unlike mosaics done in a similar style, there is no painting underneath the caps. A black outline of Icarus is the only thing drawn on the aluminum.

I'll be transporting the piece in a hand built crate, via truck & trailer from Pittsburgh, PA.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.125 Inches
  • Medium: Flattened overlapping beer bottle caps, adhered to aluminum over wooded frame.
  • Width: 8 ft
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 5 ft