With the Giant Knucklebones, Lewis Wards wanted to explore how scale influences the viewing experience. With each concrete knucklebone weighing in over 300kg, the enormity of the piece shrinks the viewer to childlike proportions, magnifying that feeling of nostalgia.
The piece plays homage to one of civilisations’ oldest games, and a beautiful form that has endured through centuries of change.
Being such a tactile game, it was important that the public had freedom to engage with this artwork in ways that weren’t purely visual. The impulse to interact with these pieces physically is overwhelming, and viewers need not fight that urge. Get amongst it.