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Labyrinth Maze 2012

Labyrinth Maze 2012

Labyrinth Maze 2012

Labyrinth Maze 2012

Labyrinth Maze 2012

Labyrinth Maze 2012

Labyrinth Maze 2012

Labyrinth Maze 2012

Labyrinth Maze 2012

Labyrinth Maze 2012

Labyrinth Opening

Labyrinth Maze 2012

Labyrinth Opening

Labyrinth Opening

Labyrinth Opening

Labyrinth Opening

Limbo - A Maze constructed out of sixteen Kilometers of stretch-foil wrapped around more than two hundred trees in roughly a hectare of forest. The Installation was located in Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany from the first of June until the first of July 2012. Funding for this project supplied by 'Kulterwettbewerbs 2011 Annaberg goes Wilde' competition. The beginning of the idea for this installation came from my earlier experiments with coloured Polyethylene sheets.

These sheets were made to create large artworks, almost paintings. Applying the same techniques to a larger area, trees instead of a wooden stretcher, enabled me to open up the space between the layers, large enough for people to physically walk inside one of my paintings. I stretched the foil in the form of a Labyrinth to add a further dimension. The composition of the painting if you like. The design grew organically. Physically counting and plotting the suitable trees to see what paths I could construct. Sometimes a fallen log or a patch of thick brambles forced me to deviate from my original plan.

A mathematical Labyrinth just would not be practical. Visually I wanted it to look like spider webs between trees, gradually thickening where the layers mingled together. This I achieved by using clear plastic, not opaque. The delicacy of the film contrasted well with the heavily textured trees and the undergrowth. The side effect from this aesthetic choice was that the people immersed could see through the walls. This was an interesting development as the point of Mazes was to get lost…

Most of the visitors come here because it is a Labyrinth. It’s an enjoyable puzzle to while away a sunny afternoon. Others because it is an unexpected occurrence, like a mushroom appearing overnight and disappearing again. Everyone I chatted to afterwards enjoyed the experience, the effect of the light and rain on the walls and the little tricky bits where the path narrows between two branches of the same tree.

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