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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.
About the Author
Francesca Tatarella is an architect, author, and publisher. She lives in Milan, Italy.
"“In Labyrinths Mazes, Italian architect Francesca Tatarella discovers myriad delightful ways to get lost, from the dizzying mirrored labyrinth by Jeppe Hein in Elbe, Germany, to an ‘Iron Knot’ made from 200 willow trees in Polder in the Netherlands. Here are mazes made from salt, from snow and from ice (the last co-designed by Yoko Ono).” —The Wall Street Journal
"There is an impressive variety of materials and styles on display here. The book is a pleasure to-dare we say it?-get lost in." - T: The New York Times Style Magazine