As part of London’s Design Week, Spanish designer Jaime Hayon has painted 2m high chess pieces for an ongoing tournament in Trafalgar Square. The pieces are meant to reflect London’s architecture and heritage.
The London Design Festival website explains how it works: “The chess pieces are supported by a wooden base on castors so that they can be moved around easily, and there is a metal frame within the ceramic form to provide stability. The chess board is made of mosaic glass tiles created by Italian tiling specialists, Bisazza. Rising above the giant tiled chessboard are elevated platforms where players sit in large, high-backed chairs directing their pieces around the board.”
So I swung by this weekend just in time for a few moves and a checkmate. Snapped a few photos while I was at it: