Attaining heights... to some it signifies dignity to others in conjures up feelings of fear. Yet, the dream to be free like a bird and soar to new heights seems to be a theme that has been popular throughout the ages. When I saw this man and his wings I immediately remembered the story of Icarus.
Icarus' father, Daedalus, a talented, remarkable craftsman, attempted to escape from his exile in the place of Crete, where he and his son were imprisoned at the hands of King Minos, the king for whom he had built the Labyrinth to imprison the Minotaur (half man, half bull). Daedalus, the superior craftsman, was exiled because he gave Minos' daughter, Ariadne, a clew of string in order to help Theseus, the enemy of Minos, survive the Labyrinth and defeat the Minotaur.
Mechanical Wing Device - ca. 1485
Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son. Before they took off from the island, Daedalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea. Overcome by the giddiness that flying lent him, Icarus soared through the sky curiously, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which melted the wax. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms. And so, Icarus fell into the sea in the area which bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samoa. Source: Wikipedia
Leonardo Da Vinci examined birds in great detail and came to his own conclusions how mortal men could fly. The dream lives on ...
The Lamment for Icarus
by Herbert James Draper, 1864-1920