There are two special editions of the famous peg toy, one for the Uffizi art gallery in Florence, and the other for the Egyptian Museum in Turin. They may not be a Botticelli portrait or a mysterious sarcophagus, yet they can be considered works of art. The range of toys is called Pixel Art and uses the famous Quercetti & C. pegs to create images and is available for purchase in the book shops of some of the most important museums in the world.
A ”Special Museum Edition” of the game has been made for the Uffizi book shop. This version is available for purchase exclusively in the Uffizi, and features three special images: the famous Cupola by Brunelleschi, the symbol of Florence, a close-up of Michelangelo’s David, and a detail of Botticelli’s Venus. Another version, created specially for the book shop of the Egyptian Museum of Turin, which is considered among the most important museum of its kind in the world, features Pixel Art images of the famous child pharaoh Tutankhamon, as well as the face of Merit. All Pixel Art “Special Museum Edition” pictures are made up 4 perforated boards which fit together, and 4,800 pegs in 6 different colours. Thanks to an effect called ‘optical mix’, the human eye mixes the many individual points of the images. This means that, although only 6 colours are used, the observer perceives many different colours and shades.
“Matching” this technique with such important museums is justified by the quality and originality of the toy, and also by the underlying principle of the toy itself. The idea of Pixel Art is basically artistic. It was inspired by the pointillism art movement of the late 19th century, and more recently the Avant-garde artists who used Quercetti pegs to create works of art with a so-called ‘pixelled’ aesthetic, where the image is broken down into individual points, just like pixels. “Figura n° 37” created by the Florence artist Antonio Bueno in 1966 using this technique is still on display in the modern art gallery (GAM) in Turin.