Dominoes are a type of a game that has been around for centuries. They are black and white rectangular blocks that have a number of spots, or “pips,” on each end. People play dominoes in many different ways, including setting them up in long lines and knocking them down. Some people even use them to create art and make shapes out of them.
Domino is also a word that can be used to describe a chain reaction or sequence of events that have larger consequences than the initial action. For example, one small action may lead to the destruction of an entire city. In business, this is sometimes referred to as the Domino effect. Creating a plan that starts with a large goal and then breaking it down into smaller, more manageable steps can help you achieve your goals more efficiently.
The history of domino is a bit hazy, but it appears that the first dominoes were made out of wood in Italy and France during the early 18th century. The game quickly became a fad and spread to other parts of Europe. The name domino does not appear until after that time, but it might be derived from an earlier sense of the word. The word may have meant a long hooded cloak worn with a mask at a carnival or masquerade, or it might have referred to the piece of cloth that priests wear over their surplices.
When it comes to dominoes, the more pips on each end of a tile, the higher its value. A traditional domino set contains 28 pieces, called tiles or bones. The most common type of domino is a double six set. There are also extended sets that increase the number of pips on each end, such as double nine, and still others that go up to a maximum of 190 pieces.
Some people use dominoes to make art, such as straight or curved lines, grids that form pictures when they fall, and 3D structures such as towers and pyramids. People may also decorate their houses or offices with domino art. There are even a few artists who specialize in creating domino sculptures.
The most complex domino setups can take hours to set up, and it can be nail-biting to watch them tumble down. When a domino is knocked over, much of its potential energy converts to kinetic energy, which causes it to push the next domino in line. This process continues until the last domino falls.
To create her mind-blowing domino sets, artist Sandra Hevesh follows a version of the engineering design process. She starts by considering the theme or purpose of the installation, then brainstorms images or words that might be related to it.
From there, she develops a concept, or blueprint, of what she wants to accomplish with the dominoes. Once she has a clear vision, she can start working on individual elements of the project. She often ranks these tasks in order of importance, focusing on the most important domino first. This allows her to get a big bang for her buck and move forward more quickly.