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Get Lost in London's 250,000-Book Maze Get Lost in London's 250,000-Book Maze

Get Lost in London's 250,000-Book Maze

by Liz Dwyer
August 4, 2012

Ready to get lost in a good book? If you head to London's Southbank Centre you can wander the twists and turns of aMAZEme, a labyrinth constructed from 250,000 of your favorite texts.

The art installation—the brainchild of two Brazilian artists, Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo—is tied to the Olympic-inspired London 2012 Festival and is designed to "stimulate the curiosity, knowledge, and creativity" of visitors. Even the design of the labyrinth has a literary inspiration: It's an exact replica of one of the fingerprints of famed Argentinian author and educator Jorge Luis Borges. 

A crew of local volunteers helped the artists construct the 5,000 square foot maze's 13-foot high walls, which are built from both new and used books specifically donated for the project. Literary quotes and artistic images are being projected onto the maze as the creators hope to inspire visitors to discover "new textures, images, and emotions" and be hypnotized "by words and thoughts, designs and patterns."

The maze will only be up until August 26. When it comes down, the artists will let the public take the books home. For an inside look at the process of constructing the labyrinth, check out this time-lapse video:

Photos via Southbank Centre/Marcos Saboya

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