Via The Apartment Broadcast, Constantin and Laurene Boym's new History Chess is a set of oversized chess pieces that "alludes to a particular icon of the century's history, from the sinking Titanic to the scarred towers of the World Trade Center." Above, a video reenactment of the 1956 "game of the century" between Bobby Fischer and Donald Byrne using History Chess pieces.
The history of the last Century has often been compared to a chess game: a tournament of opposing political systems, ideologies, brands, and artistic movements. Every figure in our monumental chess set alludes to a particular historical icon of the century's history, from the sinking Titanic to the scarred towers of the World Trade Center.
The Space Shuttle, Coca-Cola bottle, Unabomber Cabin, and VW Beetle - are all here. Essentially, our chess set is a collection of 32 different sculptures. Their display changes instantly, according to the progress of the game.
The oversized wooden chess pieces, hand-carved in Indonesia per Boym's exact specifications, are set on a monumental 4 X 4-foot chess board which also serves as a box for the chess.
Made in a signed and numbered edition of eight.