Woman browsing through books inside the book labyrinth

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Book maze

Employee Tilly Shiner browses through books inside the aMAZEme labyrinth on July 31 at The Southbank Centre in London, England.

 

Ebooks continue to rise in popularity, but sometimes there is nothing better than getting lost in the touch and smell of a good paperback book. In London, bibliophiles can take their obsession a step further by physically immersing themselves in thousands of books at one time.

 

Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo used 250,000 books to create this literary maze for the London Festival, a 3-month-long cultural event held concurrently with the 2012 Olympics.

 

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Book labyrinth

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Getting lost in a literary world

From a bird's eye view, visitors weave through the elaborate fingerprint shaped book labyrinth, which will be on display until Aug. 25 in the Soutbank Centre, a large art space situated near the Waterloo Bridge.

 

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Child running through a book labyrinth

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Not your average library stacks

A child runs through the winding, 8-foot-high maze of books, which the artists hope will allow "the audience [to] discover new textures, images and emotions" while exploring the installation.

 

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