A ESCADA is a ladder and a board. Together these elements come into balance, as can be seen in the suggestions images. Once the delicate balance between the ladder and the board is understood, it naturally becomes an open toy, allowing other elements to come into play and make it more complicated. There are no limits. We invite you to use any other object as a counterweight, for example: keys, a glass full of water, changing the board for a spoon or an egg, placing another ladder… these are just a few ideas. The interesting thing about the game is that each player can discover for himself the physical forces that serve to keep the ladder in balance.
Man is capable of joining two opposing words, such as balance and unstable, and with coming up with singular physical inventions like this. Similarly, poetry can provide us with experiences that are impossible to arrive at through the use of reason. That is why this toy – much more than a game – is a tangible expression of language and of poetic purpose. It may be hard to comprehend, but it is nonetheless a revelation. Pay close attention to the moment in which tensions come into balance or disappear; we can imagine a ladder trembling over an egg, a hesitant tightrope walker – a Philippe Petit walking the wire under a circus tent – frightening us and causing us to hold our breath. Despite being aware of the danger, the moment in which life and death are daring each other, he considers his representation to be a show which is exciting precisely because of its precarious balance. The most natural thing would be to fall over; the surprise is the balance.
This game is based on two of the oldest and most basic play activities known: stacking and balancing. People have been playing with these elements since the dawn of time. Both possibilities - standing up or falling over - can be equally exciting.
Could these trunks have once belonged to a cherry tree, with its shimmering red leaves? Or to an elegant birch tree, nestled close to a mountain stream? In either case, happy little creatures would have been found skittering about under their branches, which would have undoubtedly provided shade for more than one weary, long-forgotten traveler.
The game of the arches could also be called the game of strokes. Each piece is a line that can make drawings in the air, i.e. three-dimensional drawings. Drawing lines in the air and marveling at the forms that are created, pushing the boundaries of balance, interpreting the unexpected abstract and figurative forms that emerge... this is what the game consists of.
The novelty of this magnetic Tangram is that it works with a third dimension and includes a new element: the need to strike a balance between the 7 pieces. The attraction between the tans (tangram pieces) is what ultimately sustains the figures and makes their handling so rewarding. As a result the upright figures can be seen and enjoyed from any perspective.