Alice in Wonderland Chess Set at USC’s Doheny Library

[UPDATED] I had an appointment today at USC’s Doheny Library. I wound my way from the back of the building to the front, and came across a few students playing chess on a large set on the floor of the library. (I was late, was late, for a very important date, so I didn’t stop to take a picture). I learned there that there’s an annual exhibit inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

After my meeting, I returned to the basement on my way out. The game had ended, the pieces were back in place. Here they are:

Entire chess set

Entire chess set

White Horse and Bishop, Blurry Walker

White Horse and Bishop, Blurry Walker

The Dark Chess Pieces

The Dark Chess Pieces

White Horse and Bishop

White Horse and Bishop

P.S. Since it’s his bailiwick, I had to mention Norm Jenson of One Good Move in this post, because in addition to the movies he posts, he plays chess and links to stories about chess.

UPDATE: I’ve gotten a couple of requests for more size context. I hope that this photo, showing the chess set, the tile and the stairs, helps to place it in context. No people in it, but you get the sense of the size of stairs. (By the way, look again at the blurry walker in the shot above. My camera is close to “top of chesspiece” height, so you get a sense of the height of it — the height is a little shy of knee height of a person.)

Chess Set in context of entire room

5 responses to “Alice in Wonderland Chess Set at USC’s Doheny Library”

  1. mumu

    Horse? HORSE? It’s a Knight sir!

  2. H. P. Lovecraft

    is this big of what can’t tell from the photos

  3. CPlus

    Would have loved to see a person standing next to it, see how big it actually is.

  4. Flint

    The floor tiles are standard 1′ by 1′. So the queen and king appear approx 28″ if I had to guess.

  5. ThyGuyX

    photo 2 has a blurred person passing by, so you have a person to help determine height.