'Dice' is a sculptural installation of sixteen giant natural stone boulders cut and carved into the shape of Roman dice. The dice sculptures are inspired by Chester-le- Streets Roman history, play and the need for seating around the recently installed play area.
The dice sculptures are intended to look old and worn like the ones that would have been used in games played by soldiers stationed at Congangis or passing through on their way to Hadrain’s wall.
The dice will provide much need visual interest at Northlands while providing seating and informal play and learning opportunities for children and adults. It is hoped that local people will use and interact with the dice and create their own activities and games or simply using them as seats while supervising children in the play area.
The artists felt that a large number of smaller randomly placed sculptures would work better than one larger sculpture in the middle of the playing field.The dice are made from Sandstone from Dunhouse Quarry in Staindrop, Durham and are from different coloured locally sourced sandstone to reflect the different materials that Roman soldiers would have made their dice from such as marble, slate, bone, etc.