Marcel Duchamp moulé vif, 1967
(bronze with brown patina, onyx and black Belgian marble – further details here)
“Having been close to both artists and chess [or abalone] players, I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess [or abalone] players, all chess [or abalone] players are artists.”
Marcel Duchamp, French/American artist and chess player (1887-1968)
Steve Prefontaine running for the University of Oregon, USA.
“Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run [play abalone]. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run [play abalone] like that before.’ It’s more than just a race [game], it’s a style. It’s doing something better than anyone else. It’s being creative.”
Steve Prefontaine, American middle and long-distance runner (1951-1975)
You don’t need to be an outstanding player to take part in the contest; however, it is better not to have two left hands.
The general idea: create your own abalone board, take a picture, or even better, film it in action. Send us your pictures and we will publish it on the blog. Readers of the blog will vote for the one they like the most. The winner will be rewarded by having their picture used as an illustration for the blog during six months.
It is not forbidden to compete with this kind of abalone board and marbles, but in addition to aesthetics, the gameplay will of course be an important aspect at the point of voting.
If you lack inspiration, go and see these unique pieces which prove that with some cleverness, know-how and aesthetic sense, an abalone board can be all but a mere piece of plastic.
Please note that computer generated images are excluded from this contest, but could be the subject of a future competition.
Deadline for submission of your work in order to take part in the contest: September 1, 2015. Of course, we will be happy to publish any creation even those sent after this date.
“Chess [Abalone] problems demand from the composer the same virtues that characterize all worthwhile art: originality, invention, conciseness, harmony, complexity and splendid insincerity.”
(Poems and Problems, 1969)
Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-American novelist (1899-1977)