3 Models to choose:
– Wooden case lined paper: 15 chairs / 29 chairs
– Small packaging 15 chairs
These are chairs that can be piled up, stacked, left scattered on the floor or grouped into random shapes of difficult equilibrium. But whatever we do with them, this game lets us play with the most primitive rules, those of a child trying to challenge himself and to dare balance itself by stacking objects using the freest of artistic expression.
The chair is an object that transcends its own usefulness. It´s not strictly another piece of furniture. A chair, to truly be a chair, must have established an affective bond with the person using it. Chairs come in many forms and everybody can remember certain ones among them, but the representation of the chair, the mythical chair, can only be shown by that which is most essential: its architecture. We have therefore chosen this one – schematic and unadorned, almost skeletal – to represent them all in this game of chairs.
In playing with the chairs we let ourselves be carried away by the need to experiment, which gives rise to unsettling sensations, hard-to-express emotions and unbeckoned feeling that can appear unexpectedly.
During the game we are acted upon by stimuli, intuitions, feelings, memories, discoveries that pull us away from our predictable routines and behavior. More than engaging in sophisticated intellectual activity, the aim is to play and see just how the construction we are making can surprise us by its beauty, its audacious balance, the strangeness of its forms, etc. After a time some questions about poetic language will undoubtedly arise, and while no one may be able to answer these questions, we will continue to play in an increasingly curious and enjoyable way.
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.
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.
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.