The cube, an orthogonal parallelepipedic prism of six equal sides, is inextricably linked, from the time of the very first civilizations, to open, inhabitable spaces. For such a simple, sparse and symmetrical shape to achieve any sort of expressiveness there must be some irregularity involved or some relationship with its surroundings.
This cube game deals exclusively with the relationship between cubes that are identical to each other, each cube thus making use of a language inherent to itself and to its own properties as contemplated by the human eye. The game puts us in touch with an array of primordial, poetic sensations and feelings: precariousness, instability, rigidity, risk, audaciousness, solidity, levity, surprise, tension, fragility, reason, strength, functionality, rhythm, emptiness, fullness, strangeness, harmony, spontaneity, rigorousness, skill, complexity….
These are just some of the great many elements of the architectural poetics that arise in the final mixture, which is, of course, unquantifiable as well as undescribable; no words could possibly take the place of the lyricism of the final result.
In the words of Swiss writer Robert Walser, “All work well done, even the most trivial, requires poetic inspiration”. We present this cube game with the idea that it may serve to reveal in players the kinds of reactions that take place when observing and discovering unexpected sensations. These feelings, which often appear in a somewhat blurry form at first, may cause us to reevaluate ous sense of humor, our analytical abilities or our openness to – or rejection of – these novel feelings themselves.
The game consists of joining the cubes tangentially by the use of one of their edges, thus liberating the figures from the more predictable, mechanical logic of the supporting function. We feel that this gives a sensation of irreality that enhances the experience.
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 vertex, the common point at which two lines converge – or diverge – , is a primordial element in the graphic representation of all kinds of phenomena. It is first and foremost a graphic symbol, one that in its essence is the synthesis of an event. It marks the point where a road separates, where two rivers come together, where one plane ends and another begins, a change of direction, a fold, a dilemma posed by two possibilities, the branching out of growth and evolution, the cross-linking of a plane, the planar deconstruction of a volume, an itinerary for logical reasoning, computational structure, algorhythmic formulation…
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.
What makes the Pentaminos fascinating is its initial simplicity, so different from the ennigmas and problems described below. Unlike a 1000-piece puzzle, which has a single solution, the Pentaminos, while consisting of only 12 pieces, has thousands of possible solutions.
Altogether there are twelve different Pentaminos, each designated by a different letter of the alphabet: (F, I, L, N, P, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z). Pentaminos obtained by joining others at their axis or by rotation are not considered to be ‘different’ Pentaminos.