Labyrinths & Mazes
A Journey Through Art, Architecture, and Landscape
The labyrinth is one of the world's oldest symbols, and its meaning is often shrouded in myth and mystery or ties to religious rites. Today, this enigmatic form inspires artists to create their own interpretations in different, even unusual, ways, including by working with materials as varied as ice, snow, salt, wood, stone, glass, cement, and metal. This new collection features both classical examples and the best contemporary projects, showcasing work by artists, landscape artists, and architects from around the world. The diverse and stunning examples include pavement labyrinths of thirteenth-century French cathedrals, a historic English turf maze, Renaissance hedge mazes, and numerous present-day projects by artists and architects, including BIG, Chris Drury, Richard Fleischner, Dan Graham, Robert Irwin, Arata Isozaki, Robert Morris, Yoko Ono, and Billie Tsien and Tod Williams.
New York Times Style Magazine
[A] curiously captivating book that collects documentation of 50 mazes in both classical and contemporary styles. There is an impressive variety of materials and styles on display here, from the sinuous, curved labyrinths Motoi Yamamoto constructs of sea salt on gallery floors to Jeppe Hein's trippy mirrored interference in a Korean forest to more traditional hedge mazes like the one at Hever Castle in Kent, England, created in the Renaissance tradition. The book is a pleasure to, dare we say it?, get lost in.