Virus billiards

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.

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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.

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I am intending to turn all my viral work into one mad viral laboratory. Nearly finished making them.  Just  watch this space……

Blood cells on the move

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Black  and white baubles sit on the ripped game board surrounded by small red humanoid figures. These  bright, red blood cells soldier across the board together in a pack looking out for any viruses that may come their way. Look out, they’re watching you.  Pop Art shapes and colours provide a deceptively cheerful vision of Bio warfare.

The artist, Helen Birnbaum, present a startling vision of our modern battle with viruses that may be organic or computer generated. Each cartoon-like piece represents a different virus. The pieces can be as delicate as coral or as startling as sea mines. As an Outbreak player you can control this world – but maybe not?

Characters on the board

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.

PAWNS

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.

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RED AND WHITE BLOOD CELLS  have two main functions; the carriage of oxygen and defence against microbial attack.

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Avian flu Rooks

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.

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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.

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Bacteriophage Bishops

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.

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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.

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Knight Hepatitis B

KNIGHTS

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.

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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.

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The Queen of TB – tuberculosis

A very important player who can travel wherever she wants on the OUTBREAK  board, but she cannot jump over any pieces. The Queen is represented by T.B.

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T.B. – Tuberculosis

The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected. You have a higher chance of getting TB disease, once infected, if you have HIV.Image result for tb virus images

King HIV & AIDS

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The most powerful piece – if you lose the King you lose the battle. The side whose king is captured loses.

 

 

My ceramic  king represents HIV & AIDS.  HIV is transmitted via contaminated body fluids. It can also be contracted as a result of exposure to semen, vaginal fluids, breast milk or blood.