If you are a lover of the written word, you’ll be amazed by this labyrinth.
Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo used 250,000 books to create it.
The installation at Britain’s Southbank Centre is a part of the London 2012 Festival, a three-month-long cultural event held concurrently with the Olympics.
Inspired by a literary great, Brazilian artist Gualter Pupo said the installation’s design is based on the fingerprint of Jorge Luis Borges, one of Latin America’s greatest writers. “He was almost a library himself,” Pupo joked.
• Maze’s meaning. Is it a maze or a bibliophile’s dream? Pupo said the idea behind this interactive installation is to gaze at the covers and read the books, all to rekindle the power of literature first experienced in childhood. “People have to look at literature and remember how it builds our character and personality,” he said. About the concept of a maze, the artist profoundly added: “You need to get lost in order to find your right way.”
• Book sources. Pupo said that about half of the books were donated by British charity group Oxfam, with the rest provided by numerous book publishers. Pupo, director of non-profit production company Hungry Man, said all the books will be donated back to charity after the exhibition ends on Aug. 26.
Watch the creation of the labyrinth below