Caroline White (CRB)
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The boxes began as a simple and entirely intuitive observation of additions of shapes and  colours. The pleasure of manipulating pure colour in the form of papier-maché. A game - because they can be arranged in any sense -  they have no finite order .

They  can be hung in a line or as pairs - i.e. nos. 8 and 1, 7 and 2, etc. They can be hung in a rectangle as in a traditional picture. If you use all eight possibilities of each box and turn or move one box every day, the picture will change for 134217728 days or 3677.198 centuries ! 

Why 9 ?

9 is a number that interests me for its apparently strange and, to me, incomprehensible properties. For example,  it contains all the other numbers - which when taken in pairs also add up to 9.-.i.e. 8+1, 7+2, 6+3, 5+4. When multiplied with any other number the root number remains 9 - e.g.

  73 x 9 = 657
6 + 5 + 7 = 18
1 + 8 = 9

multiples of 9 ), the new sum total retains the root property of the original number . For instance :

  847+9 = 856 = 19 = 10 = 1
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9 is the number numerologically of endings and preparation for new beginnings, a new cycle. It is the number of humanity and big projects. I can expand a lot more on this subject as it makes me dream. I hope that the boxes will do the same for you.
You may well decide to use only one side of the boxes as the glued side has in some cases an aspect of the back! In which case each piece can only be turned  4 times therefore its potential life changes are much more limited !