This enormous maze must be the envy of any rat stuck in a mindless laboratory exercise. Getting lost would just mean picking another book to read! Designed and built by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo (and over fifty volunteers) at the Southbank Centre in London, “aMAZEme” is composed of 250,000 used and new books stacked in a twisting labyrinth. The maze layout is based on a fingerprint belonging to writer Jorge Luis Borges. Very fitting since Borges once said, “I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.”
Watch the time-lapse video below to see the entire project coming together. The volunteers worked through the five days and nights to finish it on time.
As part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World with MasterCard, “aMAZEme” is on display in the Clore Ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall between July 31 to August 25, 2012. Visitors can navigate through this hypnotic “book labyrinth” as well as attend daily performances from literary figures.