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Michael Ayrton (1921-1975)
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Michael Ayrton (1921-1975)

Maze Maker II

Details
Michael Ayrton (1921-1975)
Maze Maker II
numbered '6/6' (on the edge of the screen)
bronze with a dark brown and gold patina
14 in. (35.5 cm.) long
Conceived in 1965.
Provenance
Acquired by the present owner from the artist's estate.
Special notice

Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay

Daedalus was a subject that Ayrton returned to often in his sculpture, and in Maze Maker Ayrton shows the maze as a creation of self, made not just by Daedalus, but by all men. In Maze Maker, the image of Daedalus becomes, according to Ayrton: 'any man who, during his life, builds in and around himself a maze of circumstances and experiences and this, it seems to me, we all do. This labyrinth has two inevitably linked functions. It excludes to protect and contains to imprison' (see M. Ayrton, loc. cit.).
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