Bruce Krebs presents and comments on the creation of the entitled sculpture:

The fall of Phaeton.
a sculpture by Bruce Krebs






The story of Phaeton, son of Helios, is much less known than that Icare’s one.

The following is a summary :

" Phaeton is the son of Helios. But he is not sure of that. His friends laugh at him. Phaeton decides then to visit Helios to question him on this matter. Helios acknowledges him as his son. The young boy is relieved.
Nevertheless this recognition is not enough. He asks his father for the holder to drive the charriot of the sun to stun his friends.

Judging this idea too dangerous, Helios refuses. Unbeknownst, Phaeton borrows this charriot -The famous charriot which transports the sun in the sky, from the dawn to the twilight...- Unfortunately, the boy is incapable to drive the harness! He falls pitifully and causes a cataclysm on the earth ..."

Such is the story of Phaeton, that of a presumptuous young man.


I ignored everything of this character
before my son evokes me this story as a possible subject of sculpture.

So yes, the inspiration did not go out from "the thigh of Jupiter"...!


It seemed to me that a sculpture in the round would not be esthetic. The bas-relief is an ideal shape to express an event.
I imagined the fatal moment when horses rear and fall in the space.

First, I modelled a bas-relief
in clay to give myself
a first idea.

Then an other one with
two horses by harness...
It was already more agitated...
From the beginning I had this idea of a film tumble...
Thus I traced eight horizontal lines on the panel of the bottom.

As the piece seemed to me difficult to realize, I then decided to model it in 3D for anticipate all the difficulties. Here is a first (virtual) vision of the piece whith its 16 horses and... 8 Phaeton ; a movie in 8 phases including each 2 horses and 1 Phaeton
... With an effect of zoom in.
Too informal teaching...
With the advice of a friend sculptor, Remi Polack, I deleted the first phase, that of the top.
Too conventional.

I also eliminated all the Phaeton except one. Then I pushed aside this fall too stiff...
This phase of the work of modelling in 3D was thus wholesome, because I could approach my plaster more serenely ...

Horses and Phaeton go beyond the limits of the frame, as if they exploded.



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Height: 60,5 cms, width: 39,5 cms, depth: 17 cms.
The panel: height 57,1 cms, width: 33 cms

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Bruce Krebs, sculptor
9 ter street Amelot, 17 000 La Rochelle,
France, Europe.
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