Sculptures

Sculptures

The idea for this chess set began in 1997 when I found the kings head at a boot fair on the Isle of Sheppey. I had no idea what it originally was or how I would use it, only that one day it would be used in some way in an artwork.
It wasn’t until 2003 in Barcelona that I had been playing a daily game of chess in the studio with an artist friend, and using a light bulb as a basis for some small unfinished sculptures that I put the two together and I had my king.
The Queen which uses succulant plant for its design.
The Bishop was made form placing different sized coins in a pile.
The Knight was the last piece to come to mind and was inspired from an armoured horse in the Wallace collection in London.
The Castle is an extension of the base and allows all the other pieces to be placed on top(one at a time) but is useful for ‘Queening’ which allows for another queen to be made from the castle and another piece when your pawn reaches the other side.
The pawn is the simplest and most chess like piece on the board, using simple lines and shapes.

 

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