London Rocks Part II – Amazing Maze


book maze london cultural olympiad 2012 at the south bank centre

We were only in London for a couple of days but we did and saw so much great stuff I could share for weeks.  This post covers our visit to an amazing maze made entirely of books we stumbled upon at the South Bank Centre.  It was built over a few days by an army of volunteers and the books were lent by Oxfam, I believe.  It really was beautiful and what was surprisingly good fun was spotting books you had read.  Books and art combined – who could want more?

braile books on the book maze walls london cultural olympiad 2012

A selection of braille books on top of one of the lower walls – they were school textbooks!

walls of books at the book maze london clore ballroom 2012

It was a very interactive exhibit, you were invited to “browse” and choose a book

and there were beanbags on the periphery for sitting on and reading at your leisure.

Unfortunately we had twenty other things to fit in so could only browse.

miffy book at the book maze london

We are HUGE Miffy fans in this household so were happy to see she featured in the walls.

"A Spot of Bother" by Mark Haddon South Bank Centre Book Maze London

We’re big Mark Haddon fans too and were, in fact, going to see the play of his book

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” at the National Theatre later that day

and we have both read “A Spot of Bother” too, so again, another “friend” spotted amongst the “bricks”.

And, finally, for my good friend, – you know who you are – the “Ragged Trousered Philanthropists”

The Ragged Trousered Phillanthropists in the Book Maze London

To see a great time-lapse video of the maze being built – click here


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