The piece, which was created for the touring exhibition, 32 Pieces - The Art of Chess, is described by Alistair:
"The conception of the set was influenced by seeing the amber collection in the Department of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum in London. Each piece encapsulates a single suspended insect, perhaps millions of years old. The 'white' pieces are represented by flying insects. The 'black' side by ground based insects. So, for example, the 'white' night is represented by an exotic wasp, the 'black' king, a scorpion.
The board takes its reference from a geological sample viewing table. A light box has been set into the surface of the table to illuminate the insects trapped in the clear amber pieces. Specimen drawers in the side of the table house the pieces out of play."
Images courtesy of All Visual Arts. The piece was commissioned by RS&A (http://www.r-s-a.co.uk/)