In greek mythology, The master craftsman Daedalus had a son with the name Icarus. Daedalus, responsible for the creation of the labyrinth, an giant maze for which King Minos kept the minotaur, a creature with the head of a bull and a body of a human being. To prevent anyone from knowing of the labyrinth’s secrets, Minos imprisoned Daedalus in a high tower away from public sight. Being the great craftsman he was, Daedalus took no time in planning his escape. After having studied flight from the birds that flew overhead he planned to create artificial wings of which he and his son Icarus would use to fly to freedom. He then having gathered loose feathers and mended them with candle wax, Daedalus brilliantly fabricated two sets of artificial wings, one set for him, the other for Icarus.
Ready for flight, Daedalus forewarned Icarus. He shouldn't fly too high, as the sun’s heat would melt the wax, nor too low, as the sea mists will soak the feathers.
Once airborne, they both realized the wonders of flight. Flying had given the father and son a sense of freedom that no other human had ever experienced before. The sky was literally the limit. Icarus flew with grace and magnificence, speed and agility... and arrogance. He performed aerial acrobatic loops and death defying dives towards the ocean,. always shooting back up before skimming the ocean’s surface. He was a natural he thought, but his father’s warning lingered in the back of his head, he mustn't fly too high or too low. Before long, he had realized he had flown a little too close to the sun and as his father had warned him, the sun’s heat had taken a toll on his wings, melting the wax holding the feathers and breaking the wings apart, plumetting into the ocean, where he drowned.
Wax Wings epitomizes this story, the story of Icarus is a tragic one, and teaches us to reach for the stars and embrace our talents but to humble ourselves as arrogance just as Icarus, will be our ultimate demise. The two wings together are symbols of the Wax Wings, Wings of Freedom, Wings of demise, wings of discovery, wings of adventure, wings of death. Together, they abstractly also form the sun, a source of life and energy, it was the source of Icarus’ death.