Could You Find Your Way Out Of A Glass Labyrinth?

Robert Morris’ Glass Labyrinth is no walk in the park. Commissioned by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the transparent installation honors the 25th anniversary of the museum’s permanent outdoor sculpture collection. Clearly, Glass Labyrinth is there to stay; measuring seven feet tall by 62 feet wide, the triangular behemoth weighs in at almost one million pounds and took a team of construction crew, engineers, and staff two months to install.


Photo: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The interactive sculpture reroutes our typical understanding of outdoor paths – think garden bed labyrinths, hiking trails, or your run-of-the-mill corn maze – by utilizing sleek architectural materials, namely glass and bronze. Since the surrounding landscape is clearly visible from inside the labyrinth, the piece allows viewers to experience the literal and conceptual space between nature and architecture.

Photo: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Photo: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one entry and exit. Despite its predetermined path, however, navigating the sculpture’s angled glass hallways has been described as a dizzying experience. Viewers have commented that its transparent walls had them running into corners and bumping into walls. Yet, from what we’ve heard, labyrinths never claimed to be easy. Talk a stroll among the glass at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art website.

Photo: Brad Mennemeyer

Via: My Modern Met

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