“Through History with Ikaros” Airplane Museum Collection certified by Christie’s London Art and Auction House
The exhibition "Through History with Ikaros" is an imaginary "flight", organized by the Cultural Organization of the City of Athens in collaboration with the S.O.F.I.A Foundation. The rare exhibits of this particular exhibition belong to the Foundation, they are certified by Christie's London, and it is made possible thanks to the support of the Hellenic Air Force General.
The yearning of mortals to fly is as old as human history. It symbolizes visions, breaking free, metaphysical questions as much as the desire to see the world. Throughout time an airplane has been defined as a power-driven navigated vehicle, heavier than the air. The first flight which lasted 12 seconds was in 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina by Orville Wright and his brother Wilbur who assembled the first airplane. Since then either as a toy, as a means of transport or as a war weapon, airplanes have always fascinated the young and the old stirring up deep inside the great need for the soul to fly.
In this exhibition 1200 airplane-miniatures are being displayed, which make up the only museum selection of this kind in children's toys in the world. We have the chance to enjoy it thanks to the patience and tenacity of Professor Hansuli Keller to make it happen. Each piece is made by skilled craftsmen using their imagination and dexterity, in order to create images-as close as possible-to the original aircraft-milestones in the history of aviation.
Some of the most magnificent pieces that are being displayed are the wonderful chromolithographic original toys, which skilfully bring to mind the time of the monoplanes Bleriot and air balloons turned on the lathe. It was a time when travelling across the sky was not just something new and fascinating, but without any rules, regulations and checks-which is far from today's reality.
In the end, this collection launches us to the skies, through the stratosphere and beyond, to the sphere of space that is inhabited by the products of Marusan, Nomura, Masudaya and the imaginative designs of Technofix.
A collection that finally takes us to the heights of the creative imagination and dexterity of distinguished designers and mechanics, whose names elude us due to the fact that they are somewhat "lost", but their products are here for us to admire, enjoy, and soar with them to the heights of their collective genius.
Get ready to take- off on a magical flight!
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