BLOCKS OF DELIGHT
Blocks have been used for centuries to explore various possibilities, from play to strategic planning. The shapes are also pleasant to touch and manipulate, with the potential to build a wide variety of structures and sculptures. The architect Frank Lloyd Wright used blocks to consider volume and shape. Coloured bricks were used in the Bauhaus to teach aspects of form and volume. Sets of wooden bricks can be seen in the Bauhaus museum in Berlin. The blocks illustrate part of the language of sculpture and 3D form, namely colour, weight, edge, texture, form, surface, light and positive and negative shape.
The Blocks of Delight are made from some of the world's most beautiful woods and are contained in a box of douglas fir, measuring 18cm long, 15.5cm wide and 10.5cm high. The box is secured with a suede strap and a sycamore pin.
The box lid can be used as a base to build on and it is not essential to use all the shapes all the time. Indeed, the relationship between two shapes and the gap between them can be visually very rewarding, as in the work of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. You may wish to experiment using the box as part of your construction. There is no right or wrong way to use the blocks. Indeed, they may form part of another piece of work, by the inclusion of other elements of your choice.
The blocks are not sealed, so that they are more interesting to feel, and it is suggested that you do not lick them, put your hands near your mouth, or handle food without washing your hands after their use.