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Origami Bonsai Chess Set IV

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This is an exquisite set of chess pieces that look like real plants and are designed to facilitate meditative and thoughtful play. Each piece is mounted in a bed of pebbles atop a shallow bonsai planter. Pieces with red flowers and ebony pebbles form one group challenging pieces with teal (blue) flowers and ivory pebbles.

The Pawns are fiddleheads mounted in smaller curved planters. More powerful pieces are mounted in larger curved planters. The Rook has one tier of leaves and a tiny bud flower. The Knight has two tiers of leaves and a twisting stem reminiscent of a horse shape, along with a different flower that looks a bit like the head of a dragon. The Bishop has the same flower as the Knight, but on a long narrow stem, and has three tiers of leaves. The Queen has a fully opened two-tiered flower mounted on an even longer narrow stem, along with three tiers of leaves. The King looks similar to the Queen but is topped by a bud flower, reminiscent of a crown.

Each piece in this set is made entirely from recycled paper. The planters and stems are made with strips of paper which were rolled and molded into shape using my Makigami technique. The flowers are Origami, and the pebbles are compressed paper. While this chess set looks fragile, it is actually very durable and should last for generations. I have signed and dated the bottom of each King.

You can see this chess set in 3-D on Microsoft’s new Photosynth site by cutting and pasting this link into your browser. The site allows you to zoom in and out from multiple angles, allowing you to see both the quality and detail of this set.

Heights of Individual pieces:
Pawn 1.25 inches
Rook 2.75 inches
Knight 2.5 inches
Bishop 4.0 inches
Queen 4.75 inches
King 5.25 inches

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Origami Bonsai Chess Set IV


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  • Materials: recycled paper, paint, glue
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