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Artist Profile

Nicola Godden

bronze figurative sculptor

Nicola Godden

Artist Profile

Nicola Godden

bronze figurative sculptor


Icarus, by Nicola Godden

About Icarus

I was commissioned to make a piece of sculpture for the London Olympics 2012. The figure is of the life sized boy Icarus, son of Daedalus, about to leap off into the sky and freedom.  The original work was made in clay and plaster and took many months to make. It was then cast into bronze and then transported to London and placed in the central competitor’s area in the Olympic Village during both the Olympics and the Paralympics in 2012.

I had been fascinated by the Icarus myth, before this time, and found him an inspiring figure of daring, youthful courage and optimism.

On the plinth below the figure is part of a poem written for the piece by Michael Spilberg, it reads:

My Audacity Was My Joy,

Not My Disaster,

I reached A Glory Higher Than Olympus,

My Fall Was Worth The Flight.

Nicola has produced a series of ‘Icarus’ pieces, making eleven so far.

These ideas began when I was learning how to fly (in an Ikarus C42 fixed wing microlight) and the combination of man and wings is so compelling that I can’t see an end to this period.

Nicola’s studio

Bone Form V

Bone Form V is available for purchase for £2,500. Please contact Richard at Talos Art Gallery.

About Nicola

Nicola has been producing figurative sculpture, in bronze, for over 30 years. Large projects include Icarus for the London 2012 Olympic Village, Sir Peter Scott for the London Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre and Hammersmith Man for the Hammersmith fly-over.

Her artwork is nearly always based on the human figure whether in an abstract sculpture form or in a more realistic way. As a sculptor, she works from the human form because of the feelings and emotions it conveys; there is usually a story behind the sculpture.

Most of my finished artwork is cast in bronze. Light reflects well off the surface and it can be irresistible to touch. Casting bronze is complex and time consuming and I try to be involved at each stage of the process; this metal is timeless and has its own fascinating history and, of course, should outlive us all.

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