Ladders are the symbol of paradise lost, of that unattainable paradise. They seduce us because with them we can climb to the heights, much as we did in our previous life as primates. Risk, fear and desire to go far away, to get far off the ground. And then to look back at the path taken. You can play alone or with others, with friends, with enemies, placing your piece in a way that makes it nearly impossible for others to place theirs without making the castle collapse in the air. It is, in every way, a road to nowhere, a circus spectacle, a kind of primitive ingenuity, a space walk, madness.
- 31 x 11 x 3 cm
- MDF wood
- 16 ladders
- Hand made
PICO PAO is a workshop with a long history of craftsmanship that began in 1979 in Lubián, a small Spanish village nestled in the mountains on the border with Portugal. In the neighboring Portuguese county of Tras os Montes (“Beyond the Mountains”) the local woodpecker is known as PICO PAO (“Stick-Beak”).