Watchtowers and Water Tanks Game

An alternative chess set, with watchtowers and water tanks as pawns, that is impossible to play.



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Chess is a game of conflict, with two opposing parties trying to defeat one another through their tactical intelligence. An ordinary chess game can take several hours. In some cases it can even end without a winner, leading to a draw.
The ‘Watchtower and Water Tanks Game’ is based on the aesthetics of chess, but this game is an eternal status quo. There are no possibilities of movement, since all the squares on the board are occupied. There is no winner.

64 pieces in total; 12 are watchtowers and relate to the 12 Palestinian governorates: Al-Bireh, Gaza, Hebron, Jenin, Jericho, Jerusalem, Nablus, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Salfit, Tubas, Tulkarem and Qalqilya.


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Mark Jan van Tellingen (NL)

Majed Abu Farha, Nader Rishmawi (Beit Sahour, PS)

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Olive Olive wood (52 water tanks, 12 watchtowers)

38 * 38 cm (board)
12 watchtowers & 52 tanks

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Weight 4.990 kg

Olive Wood

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