Finally, a maze that people with claustrophobia can enjoy is popping up in Washington DC.
This summer, the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. is installing a 61-by-61 foot inverted maze that actually makes the process of exploring (and escaping) a labyrinthine structure... less confusing.
Unlike most mazes that get harder to navigate as you dive in deeper, this exhibition, titled AmBIGuity and made by design firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, is a winding beast that dips in height at its epicenter, allowing museum-goers to have a 360-degree vantage of how to find their way out. No Reeses Pieces will be needed to exit, we suspect.
Bjarke Ingels said in a statement, “The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?” The installation is only enhanced by the bird's eye view of the whole maze viewers are offered from the second and third floors of the museum.
A very contemporary take on Ovid's Minotaur who dwelt in the Cretan Labyrinth, AmBIGuity finally offers people with claustrophobia the chance to explore a labyrinth without getting hit with haunting flashbacks to those possessed hedges from The Shining. We can't wait.