Design After Dark 2012 – Bespoke

9” L x 4” W x 2” H
Walnut, copper, vitreous enamel

By arranging seven shapes to form unique silhouettes, the Tangram player explores the methods and forms of pattern. For centuries, the game was accompanied with suggested patterns – like the shapes cut from the walnut lid – pursuing a method for solving each one. TNGRM encourages players to create their own abstracted images and meaningful shapes from the dissected geometric analogues.

Enamel was chosen for its brilliant color and luster along with a polished copper, the traditional semi-precious metal compliment. Since its ancient origin to modern use, this glass-fusing technique has been associated with finely-crafted, ornate decorative art. The puzzle invites customizing for both recreation and display.

Created in partnership with Matthew Thomas Doran.

Denver Art Museum – Department of Architecture, Design & Graphics

commissioned art, game, tangram puzzle, enamel, geometric, DAM, Denver Art Museum