The Fall of Icarus; Hammond, Bill; 1995; 96/19


The Fall of Icarus

About this object

In a green, almost primordial, world of dripping forests and smouldering volcanoes, bird-like creatures stand as sentinels, looking out to sea. Sleek and enigmatic, wearing lustrous fabrics rather than feathers, they suggest New Zealand's early history as a land occupied almost solely by birds, before the arrival of humans. The threat posed to the natural environment through use by humans is suggested by Hammond using the Greek legend of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun, melting his wax and feather wings and plunging to his death in the sea. Hammond has developed this work from a 1558 painting by the Dutch artist Pieter Brueghel (active 1551-1569). Hammond was born in Christchurch and studied at the University of Canterbury. For a period following his graduation he designed and manufactured wooden toys. He held his first solo exhibition in 1979 and has since exhibited regularly. Hammond has won a number of awards and fellowships and is represented in private and public collections throughout New Zealand.


Hammond, Bill

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Collection Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu; presented by the Lyttelton Harbour Board, 1989

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Acrylic on canvas

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