Icarus Had a Sister. Source: Masters and Munn
Icarus Had a Sister. Source: Masters and Munn

A pair of artists, Masters and Munn, or André Masters and CJ Munn, have worked together to create a fascinating 3D printed work of art called Icarus Had a Sister.

In the classical Greek tale of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun with his father’s wings and fell to his death as the sun melted the wax, Masters and Munn retell the myth with a new twist: Icarus had a clever sister whose wings were made of metal. The art explores that Icarus’ sister will not suffer the same fate and will instead soar gloriously through the sky.

The artists state, “Based upon the legend of Icarus, who made wings held together with wax but fell to his death after flying too close to the sun, 'Icarus had a Sister' transcends the traditional mythology to create a new legend for the 21st century. Icarus' sister was smarter, savvier and altogether more fabulous than her somewhat naive brother, creating her wings from the lightest and finest metal feathers. Her strong, yet relaxed and confident pose is incredibly sexy without being in any way base or lewd, mirroring the very best of classical sculpture and mythology and utilizing some of the most state of the art technology in her creation.”

With eighteen years of experience in sculpture and model-making, Masters and Munn bring a level of mastery to this challenging project. The problem lies in the wings, which through traditional sculpting and molding methods is impossible to get the level of detail that the artists needed.

That’s where 3D printing came in. With the help of 3D printing service Industrial Plastic Fabrications Ltd. and a Connex 3D printer from Stratasys, the vision of Masters and Munn came to life. Each feather is unique and created from a variety of materials such as VeroWhitePlus, VeroClear, and VeroBlackPlus at 30 microns, providing excellent detail.

Once the feathers were printed, they were coated with a veneer of copper and hand-painted by the two artists. Masters and Munn say, “"We have lost almost no detail from the original design whatsoever. It was so beautiful to work with and we can hand paint it just as you would a real bronzed or copper piece…We've got incredible detail from the 3D printing; this is something that was simply not possible from traditional sculptural techniques." There are 200 feathers in the wings, which had to be assembled by hand after they were printed and painted.

Munn says, “I used to be so afraid we would be like Stepford Wives— replaced by machines and people who reproduce what we do with the click of a button. But it's much more like being the Million Dollar Man, and waking up with new super powers you can use for creative purposes. Artistically, we are living in such exciting times and the more we explore these new skills, the more imaginative ideas we have. We can't wait to see where it takes us next!”

Icarus Had a Sister received the “Rising Star” award at the 2013 3D Printshow. Congratulations to Masters and Munn!