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Nova Knossos

Nova Knossos / New Knossos

Installation in a group show called “Escalas” curated by Bruno Mendonça.

The exhibition was in Alvaro Razuk – architecture studio placed in a modernist building in São Paulo downtown.

 

Knossos is the largeste Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete, and considered as Europe’s oldest city. According to Greek mythology, the palace was designed by famed architect Dedalos with such complexity that no one placed in it could ever find its exit. King Minos who commissioned the palace then kept the architect prisoner to ensure that he would not reveal the palace plan to anyone. Dedalos, who was a great inventor, built two sets of wings so he and his son Ikaros could fly off the island, and so they did. On their way out, Dedalos warned his son not to fly too close to the sun because the wax that held the wings together would melt. In a tragic turn of events, during their escape Ikaros, young and impulsive as he was, flew higher and higher until the sun rays dismantled his wings and the young boy fell to his death in the Aegean sea.