A domino is a gaming device, like dice or playing cards, that can be used for a variety of games. Dominoes are usually twice as long as they are wide and feature a line down the center that divides them visually into two squares with different arrangements of spots, or pips, on each side. The number of pips on one side indicates the rank or value of that side, while the other side is blank or identically patterned (see image below). A set of dominoes can be extended by adding additional tiles with varying numbers of pips to increase the number of possible combinations.
The most common use of a domino is to make chains in long lines. When the first domino is tipped over, it triggers the next domino to tip and so on. Very complex patterns can be made by arranging dominoes in this way. Some people also play a game where a player attempts to place a domino so that both ends show the same number, a strategy that is referred to as “stitching up” the ends.
Dominoes are a great tool for teaching children the basics of counting and math. Most domino games involve emptying a player’s hand by blocking opponents from placing their tiles, or scoring with the remaining pieces. Blocking games, such as bergen and muggins, are popular among school-age children, while scoring games can help teach basic addition and subtraction.
One of the most interesting aspects of domino is that it can be used to illustrate a principle known as the “domino effect.” The term describes a chain reaction that occurs when one behavior affects other behaviors in a predictable manner. For example, if you start exercising regularly, you might find that your diet improves as a natural side effect.
When creating her mind-blowing domino installations, Hevesh follows a version of the engineering-design process. She starts by thinking about the theme or purpose of her installation, brainstorming images and words that may relate to it. She then creates test versions of each section to make sure they work correctly, and once all of the sections are complete, she puts them together.
Hevesh tests her creations in slow motion, allowing her to make precise adjustments if necessary. When her masterpieces are finished, she enjoys the satisfaction of watching them come to life.
For Hevesh, making a domino installation is more than just fun. It’s an act of creation that requires a lot of thought and planning, as well as patience and persistence. It is these qualities that make her art so special. As she continues to explore the limits of what a single domino can do, Hevesh is sure that her work will continue to inspire and amaze. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the art of domino. It’s only a matter of time before we see another artist push the boundaries of what’s possible with this amazing game piece. Check out her Facebook page to stay up to date on her latest work.