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aMAZEme at Southbank Centre

A vast literary labyrinth installed on the Clore Ballroom floor as part of Southbank Centre's 'Festival of the World'. Created by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, in collaboration with production company Hungry Man, the project is inspired by the writer Jorge Luis Borges; the maze forms the shape of Borges' fingerprint, covering around 500 square metres, with sections standing up to two and a half metres high. Visitors are able to navigate the labyrinth, which is made out of quarter of a million remaindered, second hand and new books. Some 150,000 of these have been loaned by Oxfam. The remaining 100,000 books have been donated by publishing houses from around the UK. Projected on to the walls are literary quotes, while a soundtrack serves further to immerse visitors in a world of literature. At the end of the project, all the books will go to charity.


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Do you think is it possible to bring together such disparate topics as literature, performance art, installation, architecture and cinema? In this video, we see how one man's love of books and labyrinths (and fingerprints) came together to create an interesting audience-participation installation designed to raise funds to reduce poverty. aMAZEme is an unusual art installation. Created by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo in collaboration with production company HungryMan, this is the brainchild of Argentinean writer and educator Jorge Luis Borges, celebrating his love of books and labyrinths (and fingerprints?). A smaller version of this piece was previously created in Rio de Janeiro, but the London installation is much more ambitious.