Michael Ayrton (February 20, 1921 - November 17, 1925) was an English sculptor, painter and writer. Although not mentioned by name in the Stoneheart Trilogy, two of his sculptures come to life in the books: the Minotaur in Stoneheart and the Icarus in Ironhand.
Michael Ayrton was born in 1921 under the name Michael Gould. From a young age he worked with stage and costume design. He began his career as a sculptor in 1961.
Many of Ayrton's works of art are based off of the myths of Daedalus and other Greek myths.