In Greek mythology, Daedalus (or Dedalo) was a skillful craftsman and artist, he is the father of Icarus. Daedalus also created the Labyrinth on Crete, in which the Minotaur was kept. Daedalus was shut up in a tower to prevent his knowledge of his Labyrinth from spreading to the public. He could not leave Crete by sea, as the king kept strict watch on all vessels, permitting none to sail without being carefully searched. Since Minos controlled the land and sea routes, Daedalus set to work to fabricate wings for himself and his young son Icarus. He tied feathers together, from smallest to largest so as to form an increasing surface.