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It’s Reigning Men

Jack Koster's avatar Jack Koster

Icarus’s fall can have many symbolic interpretations that can give us insight to expressions of human nature. Henry Murray coined the term Icarus Complex - a mania where a person experiences ecstatic highs and lows, is fascinated by fire and water, and is narcissistic. The “wings" fashioned to reach intended goals are not successful if we lose perspective of their intended purpose. Once we take flight on our journey, the experience might overwhelm and cloud our original intentions. Icarus’s Father, Daedalus, encouraged his son to take the middle ground and not fly with man-made wings too close to the heat of the sun, where the wax holding the feathers in place on his wings would melt, or too close to the water, where his wings would be weighed down by the spray from waves. Icarus got carried away, however, by the exhilarating experience of flight and lost his original sense of purpose. In our present presidential election cycle there are many candidates taking flight with what they hope are carefully crafted “wings" to reach their intended goal. This goal outwardly may be expressed in their words as their being the best representative to rule the country for the betterment and common good of its citizenry. Our political structure only allows for one winner, however. Ideally we strive for a a candidate with healthy mindedness, where there is self-control guided by knowledge and balance. But politicians like the citizens they represent are very complex beings, motivated by personal and sometimes selfish constructs. The citizenry watch with interest as the candidate pool reduces to a chosen few, and then through our vote, one. We hope and pray the winner has the interests for the greater good. By the end of the election cycle the ground is covered with the feathers of failed flight.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: ceramics
  • Width: 4'
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 8'