Glowing Maze Installation
Lasermaze is an illumination delight, a spatial puzzle within an old train underpass located in Detroit.
At first one appears to think this installation is formed by laser beams, however this is not the case. Rather this illuminated structured space spanning a 6.7 metres by 6.7 metres space is actually made up of five kilometres of ultra violet (UV) thread woven through steel chains with more than 3000 tied knots all by hand.
The location of this installation is site specific, conceived as part of the Detroit Design Festival this year but more importantly as an act of a larger regeneration effort for the area. Located in an underpass along Dequindre Cut, a linear park and pedestrian path between the city’s riverfront, various residential neighbourhoods and the bustling Eastern Market district.
Lasermaze uses contrasting properties which were chosen specifically by UK architect, George Knight as a mark of representing Detroit. The past through the use of robust, steel, scaffolding and it’s future with the lightweight, glowing thread. All illuminated with two sets of UV LED floodlights on opposing sides of the installation. This UV light interweaves with the wool thread causing it to glow inviting visitors into the space and be lost within it’s playful structure as they move through, in and out and between the structural forms and walls. Ultimately creating an immersive experience within what is essentially a spatial puzzle in itself and sparking the inner child within this architectural wonder.