The sculpture was gifted by the Mitoraj Foundation and the Contini Art Gallery. Daedalus will remain on display at the entrance of the ancient city near the Temple of Venus, where it has been welcoming visitors since May last year as part of a travelling exhibition of 30 sculptures by Mitoraj.
Pompeii Superintendent Massimo Osanna said the statue is "a symbol of our philosophy - Pompeii as a contemporary location". Pompeii is gearing up to welcome an increasing number of visitors as part of ongoing restoration work. The statue of Daedalus was selected by the Foundation, art gallery and Pompeii's superintendency among the 30 on display because of its position near the entrance and because the myth of Daedalus is "very much present in the frescoes of the Domus", said Osanna.
Daedalus, sculpture to remain in Pompeii, Copyright ANSA
The European Commission earlier this month announced it was allocating nearly 50 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund for the continuation of renovation and preservation work on the ancient Roman city, a UNESCO world heritage site.
The exhibit featuring 30 of Mitoraj's large-scale sculptures wraps up in May.