CÍRCULO is a game that involves a very simple mechanical force, pressure, but the results, always surprising, seem haphazard.
The circular ring is placed on a table, and different pieces will be put inside without any order or position. Then, the combination is pressed turning the screw. The pieces are moved by the pressure until they fit and the screw stops. When lifting the ring, it may happen that some parts fall down; those which remain inside will form figures that will surprise us.
Chaos, randomness and balance end up composing an image that has been generated by the application of a mechanical force. It is a physical experiment and, at the same time, a poetic and artistic experience, and also a game. The result, unpredictable, is a piece of “abstract art”; what makes us to think that this type of art handles, specially the feelings of strangeness, which has to do with something we cannot span only with logical reasoning. It is also possible to try pre-designed compositions, more or less daring, or more or less ordered, causing very different results according to the intention of the player.
Author: Javier Bermejo. Made by: PICO PAO
31 × 32 × 2.7 cm
Pieces: Poplar Wood painted.
Case: Poplar Wood and MDF wood.
Ladders are the symbol of paradise lost, of that unattainable paradise. They seduce us because with them we can climb to the heights, much as we did in our previous life as primates. Climbing, forever upwards: it seems an aspiration in itself. Fruit, hanging from branches that are out of reach.
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.
The tightrope walker balances over the precipice, risking life and limb as he walks over the thinnest of threads. They are not actors; rather, they relive what is essentially their life away from the wire. We are all tightrope walkers, though some more than others. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all balanced on the edge. That is what they are trying to tell us.