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ENQUIRE: Daniela Raytchev X Purling London Art Chess “Metropolis”


  • 34 hand-carved, triple-weighted, boxwood chess pieces, 10.2cm
  • Individually and uniquely hand-painted by Purling London’s specially commissioned, British-based contemporary artists
  • Purling London branded leather felts
  • Specially hand-painted board using mixed media and finished with deep gloss lacquer
  • Luxury Purling London packaging
  • Unique certificate personally signed by the artist


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Daniela Raytchev’s latest Art Chess set Metropolis is inspired by America’s recent controversial withdrawal from the Paris agreement, which magnified the scale of denial about the reality and dangers of the climate change.


Raytchev poses the question as to whether the challenge of climate change can be seen as an opportunity to demand and build a better world?  Climate change has consequences not only on the natural world and its weather patterns, including  severe droughts, wildfires, floods and lack of water, affecting food supplies and living conditions, but it also poses a threat to the human rights, with particularly devastating consequences for poorer nations and communities already suffering from inequality and racism. Africa is the home of 7 of the ten countries most threatened by climate change. The economic and social effects are enormous.


The chess set’s industrial looking gold pieces, which represent human force and capitalism, are in ongoing ‘battle’ with the white spiked pieces with blue marble-like effect, representing the nature and the planet Earth. Raytchev agrees with Naomi Klein in regarding “climate change as a battle between capitalism and the planet”.


Raytchev’s work is gaining more of a political and social character. She addresses her ideologies and support for racial, gender and sexual equality as well as for various environmental causes. As with her past mental health-related works, she continues to encourage honesty, equality, and empowerment of those who are less fortunate or discriminated against, through raising awareness of issues about which she feels passionate.

“Fear can’t be the driver. That’s the big mistake the environmental movement made – “we’ll scare the hell out of you and you’ll become an activist” There has to be a counter-narrative that we can have a different economy with more, better jobs.” George Monbiot


Purling London Art Chess are individually hand painted by specially commissioned British-based artists and no two sets are the same. From established figures to rising stars of the Contemporary Art scene, Purling has collaborated with 20 artists to date, including Kate Brinkworth, Inkie and Olivia Pilling. Complete with a numbered certificate signed by the artist and our deluxe, Birds-eye maple boards; each hand-carved, triple-weighted Art Chess is a miniature sculptural masterpiece.

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