Sam Walker
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Lightworks Chess Set

Created for "Art and Architecture," a design workshop led by Leslie Van Duzer

This chess set was created for a workshop centered around the creation of game boards influenced by the ideologies of various modern artists. This board is inspired by the works in light by Olafur Eliasson, and uses specially oriented colored and polarizing films to change the condition of light coming through the backlit board depending on the position of the pieces. In this way the board can passively make otherwise abstract information visible, as the chess pieces are illuminated as they move into the opposing territory. The pieces are constructed of fused laser-cut acrylic, and have a bubbled, faceted aesthetic which highlights the interior depth of the material and was informed by the unique side-effects of the acrylic fusing process.