Daedalus was an artisan and was commissioned by King Minos of Crete to create a labyrinth for the Kings enemies. Daedalus eventually told one of Minos’s victims how to escape his maze unharmed. Due to his treason, he and his son Icarus were forced to flee.
In Greek myth fashion, Daedalus makes 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 dead in the area which today bears his name, the Icarian Sea.