London Constructs Maze Made Of 250,000 Books
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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