Conceptual: A Game at Noon
A Game in the Afternoon is my response to the environment of Greve in Chianti, a Tuscan town in Italy. In particular, I was inspired by Pieve di San Cresci, a parish church which sits on a hillside overlooking Greve. This 10th century Romanesque building features its original main portico flanked by mullioned windows. Over the years, the building has had a long history of restorations. In the 17th century, the church was restored and embellished, and then in the 19th Century, the building’s upper façade was readjusted again.
The oldest reference to hopscotch dates from the 17th Century – although it was possibly invented earlier by the Romans – when children took inspiration from stained glass windows in churches for the layout of the game. These children also used their Christian beliefs to formulate the rules of the game; most hopscotch courts from the past end on a seventh step shaped like a domed arch which represents “home” or “heaven”. The number of steps also refers to the “seven steps to heaven”.
A Game in the Afternoon creates a modern version of the Christian stained glass window with my drawing on transparency paper suspended between San Cresci’s semi-circular portico entranceway. In the afternoon, cast light creates a perfect stepped shadow on the stone floor, ready for hopscotch. This artwork can only been seen on a sunny day at certain times in the afternoon. The cast shadow hopscotch game will appear around 1:45pm to 4:00pm. However, its visibility is dependent on Mother Nature, since the days are shorter in winter and the sun less reliable.