aMAZEme Huge Book Maze Created

A vast labyrinth of 250,000 books, entitled aMAZEme, was installed on The Clore Ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall, London between 31 July – 25 August, as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World.

Visitors were be able to navigate the maze, which was been constructed from 250,000 remaindered, second-hand and new books. 150,000 of these books were loaned by Oxfam, and returned to the charity’s shop network at the end of the project. The remaining 100,000 books were gifted by publishing houses from around the UK.

When the maze was deconstructed at the end of the exhibition, all of the books were donated to Oxfam to raise funds for their work fighting poverty around the world.

The project was been created by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, in collaboration with production company HungryMan. Inspired by the writer and educator Jorge Louis Borges, the maze forms the shape of Borges’ unique fingerprint, covering over 500 square metres, with sections standing up to 2.5 metres high.

Credit: Marcos Saboya / Gualter Pupo / Hungryman Projects 2012