Domino is a tile-based game that can be played with either one or several players. A domino set consists of rectangular tiles with matching markings on each end, usually an arrangement of dots or “pips.” One side of each tile shows the number that it represents in a chain; the other is blank. Additional tiles are added to a domino chain in turn, each with its own unique markings. A player wins a domino game by reaching the end of a chain that has no remaining numbers to mark. The word domino is actually a compound of two earlier senses: the first, in English, denoted a long hooded cloak worn together with a mask at carnival season or at a masquerade; the second, in French, described the crude and brightly colored woodcuts on paper formerly popular among French peasants.
Dominoes are incredibly versatile, which is what makes them such a popular pastime and a favorite among children and adults alike. They can be used to build intricate curved lines and grids that form pictures when they fall, stacked walls, or even 3D structures such as towers or pyramids. To create such domino art, players must plan out a design before beginning the project. Watch this video to see how one skilled domino artist does this.
Before Hevesh begins creating her designs, she test a few sections of her work to make sure that it all works correctly. Once she is confident that the dominoes will all fall as intended, she starts working on the larger arrangements. Her biggest creations take several nail-biting minutes to complete, and require Hevesh to carefully plan out each individual piece to ensure that it will stand up straight. Ultimately, her most impressive displays are made possible by the laws of gravity, which pulls the first domino toward Earth and sends it crashing into the next piece until all of the dominoes have fallen.
Hevesh has worked on projects involving up to 300,000 dominoes, and has helped to set the Guinness World Record for most dominoes in a circular arrangement. However, her most impressive creations are still nothing compared to the stunning displays of Domino’s Pizza in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
While the majority of dominoes are produced using polymer materials, there are many sets available that use other natural materials such as bone, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (mother of pearl), ivory, and dark hardwoods such as ebony. These sets tend to have a more elegant look and feel than their polymer counterparts. They also often have a heavier weight and may be more durable. A few rarer sets are even made of metal, ceramic clay, or frosted glass. These sets are generally more expensive, but provide a unique and eye-catching look to any game room or home décor. In the past, such sets were more commonly used in casinos and public libraries. Today, these sets are becoming more popular in homes as a way to show off one’s craftsmanship and artistic abilities.