An old bar game of billiards transformed by spiky white ceramic viruses. These pieces are inspired by viral forms but also the fragile beauty of underwater coral. The one red piece that sits on its own definitely found its inspiration there.
I have also been experimenting with filling chemistry jars with viral shapes. I like the contrast of their sharp fragility with the shiny glass walls of the jars. In the smaller jar the viruses are almost tipping outside of their protective container.
I am intending to turn all my viral work into one mad viral laboratory. Nearly finished making them. Just watch this space……
The chilly blue feet belie the affection with which they were made. One foot holds firmly onto the surface and the other moves up in anticipation of what is ahead. In the version shown below the anticipatory feet have the advantage of being plugged in to a source of power.
This is one of my own feet glazed in cheerful yellow to suggest a sunny outlook, with a contrasting blue thought bubble (this is meant to suggest bubbling ideas, but sometimes blue?)
These posts describe how the pieces in OUTBREAK embody the character of each viral chess piece and the blood cells that carry them. The ceramic pieces are designed to give a suggest of the power and function of each.
There are more pawns than any other pieces and they are easily removed from the game. The Pawn can move from straight ahead only. From its starting square, the pawn can move 1 or 2 squares straight ahead.
RED AND WHITE BLOOD CELLS have two main functions; the carriage of oxygen and defence against microbial attack.
ROOKS can move any number of squares in horizontal and vertical directions, but cannot jump over any other piece. In the OUTBREAK this is Avian Flu.
AVIAN FLU Commonly called bird flu this virus is transmitted by breathing it in, or when a person touches something that has the virus on it and then touches their mouth, eyes, nose or mouth.
BISHOPS traditionally represent the power of the church and spirituality. The Bishop can move any number of squares only diagonally and cannot jump over any pieces. In the game of OUTBREAK they are represented by bacteriophages.
Bacteriophages Phage therapy or viral phage therapy is the therapeutic use of bacteriophages to treat pathogenic bacterial infections. They are created from within a cell’s own DNA.
These aggressive warriors look like nail bombs. The Knight can move from one corner to the other of any 2 x 3 rectangle of squares. The Knight is also the only piece that can jump over any other chess pieces. In OUTBREAK they are Hepatitis B.
Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. It is spread when blood, semen, or other body fluid infected with the Hepatitis B virus enters the body of a person who is not infected.