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.
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.
This forest, resembling a bookshelf, includes a wide variety of woods and is made up of 51 pieces, each engraved with the name of the tree that it came from.
The games are limited editions, as they come from the remains of trees that we, together with numerous friends and collaborators, have collected and preserved over time, with a wish to extend their lives. This means that when the wood from one particular tree has been used up, we carry on with that of another tree, making each set and series truly unique.
The triangle is the polygon with the fewest number of sides that can be made with straight lines. It is also the most elementary polygon, the primary polygonal unit, the proto-cell with which we can cover an entire flat surface and form all other possible geometric figures.
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.