This is the monument of Icarus in Athens. And you can see a view this sculpture from different POV in Workshop. But here are the two persons. And they fell down in different cases.
In Greek mythology, Icarus (the Latin spelling, conventionally adopted in English; Ancient Greek: Ἴκαρος, Íkaros, Etruscan: Vikare) is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus. The main story told about Icarus is his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. He ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall into the sea where he drowned. The myth shares thematic similarities with that of Phaëton — both are usually taken as tragic examples of hubris or failed ambition — and is often depicted in art. Today, the Hellenic Air Force Academy is named after Icarus, who is seen as the mythical pioneer in Greece's attempt to conquer the skies.
Icarus's father Daedalus, a talented and remarkable Athenian craftsman, built the Labyrinth for King Minos of Crete near his palace at Knossos to imprison the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster born of his wife and the Cretan bull. Minos imprisoned Daedalus himself in the labyrinth because he gave Minos' daughter, Ariadne, a clew in order to help Theseus, the enemy of Minos, to survive the Labyrinth and defeat the Minotaur.
Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son. Daedalus tried his wings first, but before taking off from the island, warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea, but to follow his path of flight. Overcome by the giddiness that flying lent him, Icarus soared through the sky curiously, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which melted the wax. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms, and so Icarus fell into the sea in the area which today bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos.
Hellenistic writers give euhemerising variants in which the escape from Crete was actually by boat, provided by Pasiphaë, for which Daedalus invented the first sails, to outstrip Minos' pursuing galleys, and that Icarus fell overboard en route to Sicily and drowned. Heracles erected a tomb for him.
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krzychu30 (8935) 2012-10-10 3:33
your presentation of this scene is superb.The man sleeping below the monument is allegorical to this scene.Both the Icarus and the man fell-but in different meaning.Well composed picture.
Have a nice day
maria-v1981 (10403) 2012-10-10 3:38
First of all I am glad for your kind words about Greece. The economical crisis has created a negative climate that is unpleasant.
Second your image is excellent and i do like how you present the both 'Icarus'. Your notes are very intresting.
Have a nice evening,
Sergiom (39336) 2012-10-10 5:18
Un très beau cadrage vertical qui nous montre bien cet homme au repos au pied de cette structure . La pyramide nous force à regarder vers le haut et le ciel est superbe.
photoray (4926) 2012-10-10 6:22
I am attracted to 3 elements: the Icarus monument, the sleeping Icarus, and the modern architecture all in warm golden light and varying glow.
Excellent job and a fine note,
timecapturer (30394) 2012-10-10 6:41
Love this! It is a superbly composed image that is full of interesting and contrasting elements that just make it work so beautifully. An evocative image, considering the subject matter of the monument, perhaps the guy should have tried drinking "red bull". Nevertheless it is a perfectly executed shot and creatively presented image.
Regards - Brian.
holmertz (26982) 2012-10-10 8:16
This is an interesting monument and there are nice reflections in the glass façade in the background, but no doubt it is the man lying on the ground who really creates an interest in this photo. I am convinced that it was no coincidence that you took this photo from this angle at this moment.
madhumita_roy86 (2150) 2012-10-10 8:50
very good shot...
very interesting monument..nice colours...
beautiful reflections in the glass facade..
the lying man creates an interest...
excellent sharpness...good POV...
s_lush (15592) 2012-10-13 8:40
Хотя монумент сам по себе довольно интересный, если бы ты выставил его без человеческого элемента, было бы обыденно и скучновато. А так, получился очень художественный сюжет с философским наполнением. Отлично скомпоновано и умело снято! Поздравляю!
macjake (39235) 2012-10-17 10:52
nice WS photo, i liked that one too.
Its great that you show us the odd sides of cities! lol
I wonder how many people would go to Athens and post a photo of a drunk man laying on the roadside next to some fine looking architecture and statue!
YOU DO! :)
and thats great!
its a funny scene, seeing the man laying there, and also the contrasting sculpture.
never seen this side of Athens before!
ikeharel (37424) 2012-10-18 4:54
Both pictures are an intriguing from photographic POV - I'd post the WS as a main photo, and add this as a WS. Only my inclination.
Nice choaen the title, a sight can be seen almost everywhere...