Picture this: you’re running through a maze, unsure of where the exit is. There’s a madman with a machete chasing you. Your heart starts racing...and the more you freak, the more the rooms around you seem to twist and turn.
What does 400 tons of pure glass look like? At the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art this month, you can find out—thanks to a new maze designed and built by the artist Robert Morris using 968,902 pounds of one-inch-thick glass.
What is it about humans that make us love–and hate–being lost? Since the time of ancient Greece, we've been figuring out ways to entertain ourselves within extraordinarily confusing structures.
Almost 30 years ago, a Japanese janitor casually drew a few lines, which turned into a few more lines, which turned into seven years of his life and the most demonically intricate maze—hand-drawn or otherwise—that I have ever seen.
We recently told you about artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, and their plan to erect a massive maze made entirely out of books for the London 2012 Festival. At the time, we wrote that "the construction of the maze and the visitors' participation [would be] filmed for general consumption." Well, as of yesterday…
It's easy enough to get lost in a book, but what about getting lost in meters and meters of books? As part of the London 2012 Festival, two Brazilian artists are setting up a giant maze made entirely out of books.
Oh, Gaddafi, you eccentric old creeper. Of course you have a gigantic network of tunnels under Tripoli so you can sneak around and do dastardly shit. Yeah, well, all your tunnel are belong to rebels.
Neither aliens nor goblins had a hand in creating this "maize maze" near York, England—the farmer "Top Pearsy" (that's a name, yes) owned up and said he merely wanted to mark the ending of the Harry Potter moviethon.
This photo shows what Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto created out of 2,200 pounds of salt over the course of five days. At first glance it seems like he didn't actually make anything, but look closer and you'll see something lovely.
Okay, this might not look impressive at first. The maze isn't that complicated. But imagine being the size of the robotic Micromouse—relatively, this is a human-sized hedge maze. Then imagine running to the finish in only five seconds.
Now, I've walked around this maze before so know how tough it is, but cheating using your cellphone's GPS? You may as well stay at home playing GTA or something.
Neuroscientists at Princeton created a new way to study the neurons of the classic mouse-in-a-maze: Strap it to a suspended ball and have it run through a virtual maze. That first virtual maze? Derived from a Quake 2 level.
Bandai's Aqua Dance water toy utilizes some sort of nanotech coating to send endless balls...of water cascading through a maze. I feel the urge to pee just thinking about it.
Combining the concepts of LEGO with the concepts of Rube Goldberg, the Q-BA-MAZE gives you a set of 20 to 50 pieces that you put together to make a descending maze for marbles. It sounds boring from our description, so if you watch the video you'll notice that it's...only slightly less boring. This may be cool to use…