London Constructs Maze Made Of 250,000 Books

London Book Maze

This brings new meaning to getting lost in a book. An enormous labyrinth made of at least 250,000 books is being created at Southbank Centre as part of the London 2012 Festival. The aptly titled aMAZEme project is spearheaded by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo but will be built, in large part, by the public. The project needs volunteers who can help construct the 5,000-square-foot maze's 13-foot tall walls from July 26-30.

It is incredible, but the coolest part is that once it's finished, you'll find surprises as you wander through the walls of pages—things like authors doing live-readings and screens displaying literary quotes. As you leave, you'll be invited to take a book with you. The entire thing, from construction until the attraction closes on August 26, will be filmed from above by ten cameras and the footage will be available online.

Saboya and Pupo hope visitors will "discover new textures, images and emotions while being immersed inside the world of books." The two artists built a much less ambitious book sculpture in their hometown of Rio de Janeiro. Here's a (blurry) video of their previous installation:

I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon. What do you think of the project? Anybody going to check it out?

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Masque from UK is reading The Dark Tower July 20, 2012 - 7:11am

What a great idea! There's no way I'm venturing into London during the Olympics but when it's over I might check it out.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne July 20, 2012 - 8:51am

That's crazy. What a neat idea. I hope somebody thoroughly videos a walk-through of that at some point for those of us across the pond.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig July 20, 2012 - 2:38pm

Ah! We aren't making it to London this summer because of the Olympics, but now I am very sad.

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Kevin Maddox from Melstrand, Mi is reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut July 21, 2012 - 8:07am

That is soooooooooooooooo AWESOME!!!!!