Giant Maze Made of Books in London
Have you ever had that wonderful sensation when you pick up a book and get totally lost in its pages, only to pop out of it hours later with no sense of time or space? Then I’m willing to bet you’ll like the giant maze being constructed for the London 2012 Festival made of 250,000 books.
The maze’s creators, Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, will oversee construction of the maze which will be installed during July 26-30. However, the public will build the actual construction of aMAZEme, the project’s title.
Although aMAZEme has previously been installed in Rio de Janeiro, it has never been attempted at this large of a scale. At the end of the installation period, the walls are expected to be around thirteen feet high, and the total maze will ultimately occupy over 5,000 square feet.
As cool as it will be to get lost in a labyrinth of books (I mean, metaphors don’t get any more literal than that), the maze itself is only part of the installation. Small screens will be mounted onto the walls inside of the maze, which will flash images of art and literary quotes at the moving viewers.
And this is definitely one maze where you won’t mind getting lost for hours because, hidden all over the maze, authors will be found reading passages from their own books, which according to the press release will, “[add] life to the project via oral tradition.”
According to My Modern Met, the artists hope the maze’s visitors will be introduced to new textures, images, emotions, and thoughts by immersing themselves in “a world of books.”
At the end of the exhibit, the artists encourage the public to take home any of the books used in the project as a final gift. The completed installment may be explored from July 31, to August 26, at the Southbank Centre, London.