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.
As soon as the first piece is put in place the tension starts to grow, along with the search for meaning. The construction begins to impose its own laws, laws that we cannot easily understand. A sort of silent dialogue arises between the form being built and the person playing, and this is what determines the path ahead. Looking, sensing, imagining, doing, undoing, interpreting, seeking, finding…
It is a game that invariably imposes on us a poetic form of behavior, one that cannot be expressed in words. Artistic activity is the natural principle of every game, and randomness, surprise, skill, risk, beauty, emotion, the allure of strangeness, encounters with the unknown – all of these are natural elements of the most primordial and exciting activity that we can partake in: play.
The rules of this game are not written; the game itself dictates them in an open yet subtle way. When we put a new piece in place it is the set that tells us if it makes sense or not. We must be both attentive and unprejudiced to learn to see, to try to interpret what the set is telling us. The laws of harmony cannot always be deciphered. It may depend on us, on the sincerity with which we look, know and see. Children may well be able to teach us to play this game better than any master.
Nirvana is a game. In this game, it is possible to experience how the force of gravity participates in balance. It allows us to observe surprising compositions by playing with the disparate relationships between weight/volume and weight/position.
We do not realize that in our body the same physical laws are taking place.
We suggest you to experiment with any alternative object to the spinning top as a counterweight to the arch. We provide some suggestions...
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.
Objects that we are drawn to – personal adornments, ornaments in general, a feathered embroidery, a necklace, a capital, an eave… - are more often than not imitations of models found in nature: a flower’s petals, a plant’s leaves, a bird’s plumage…We’re struck not only by the beautiful colors of these objects but also by the arrangement of their different elements. When we take objects that are seemingly identical and try to create something new with them we have no choice but to subject ourselves to the laws of physics, letting them guide us in our effort to create something that will mirror the beauty and harmony that exist in nature.
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.