Bronze sculpture details
Phaethon, the son of Helios, had a free wish. Against all warnings, he wanted to drive his father’s sun chariot. But his arms were too weak to rein in the sun horses. He drove too high and took the light of the sun away from the earth; everything turned to ice. He drove too low and the whole power of the sun scorched the earth. The earth goddess Gaia asked Zeus for help. The Father of Gods Zeus sent a thunderbolt and toppled him into the Eridanos. His sisters, the Heliades, mourned him on the bank of the river. As a punishment, Zeus turned them into trees. Their tears became amber.
Edition in bronze, cast using the lost wax technique, chased and patinated by hand.
Manuel Donato Diez
Donato Diez, son of an artistically gifted family completed an apprenticeship under the tutelage of his father in Berlin. From 1975-1976 he completed training as a stone sculpting in Frankfurt.