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…
For this reason, the game of Nirvana can be fun and instructive. But overall, it is a game for contemplation. By seeing how a spinning top could become a plumb-line, we can feel the great power of the attraction force known as gravity. The cord that holds the spinning top is subjected to a force that makes it rigid and stretch, therefore, the top remains very still and it seems attached in the space and extremely heavy. The whole scene makes us feel a physical gravitational sensation that leads us to wonder why we are not more often aware of this when we are standing, holding our own weight. We keep looking and observing, and nothing happens, in a kind of mental silence: we are contemplating.
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…
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.
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.
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.