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Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

In April, I visited the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, Florida. Winding paths through palm gardens and monumental sculptures- it’s perfect. I took many pictures... Norton’s towering Gate sculptures loom out of the foliage or are revealed around bends of the path.

This summer I made a maze based on the gardens. Here is a detail.

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You can see the full puzzle on my Twitter!

This Brutal Maze

It's been a while since I've posted a maze. Here I'm playing with Brutalist Architecture- which has been quite the internet trend for a bit now. I am happy with how the maze turned out. It is simple, a little tricky, and has very clear paths.  

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If you want more cool buildings every day, follow @BrutalHouse on Twitter!

UPDATE: This is now available as an art print on my Society6 shop
UPDATE: Also as a shirt or other apparel in my Threadless shop!

Path Notation Update

I've finished inking the maze I showed off in August for the "Path Notation" entry.  Here is a detail of the top of that same section.  The working title is "Tall Rocks". 

My working titles are kind of boring.

Top detail of sketches I uploaded in August. With color, the paths will pop.  Promise.

Top detail of sketches I uploaded in August. With color, the paths will pop.  Promise.

Spaceport Shipyard Update

Inking the big spaceport maze. I don't add color until the black is done. I've noted some things that will need to be addressed.

Currently I do all my "inking" on the computer. This is were I have to decide on the thickness of the black line. Typically, the thickness of the line depends on the detail of the maze. I thought this piece was super detailed, but once placed on a 18"x12" page, I realized the maze was not as detailed as I thought!

Currently I do all my "inking" on the computer. This is were I have to decide on the thickness of the black line. Typically, the thickness of the line depends on the detail of the maze. I thought this piece was super detailed, but once placed on a 18"x12" page, I realized the maze was not as detailed as I thought!

This shows the black layer over the original drawing, which is how I usually work. I've pointed out areas that will need attention before I'm done.

This shows the black layer over the original drawing, which is how I usually work. I've pointed out areas that will need attention before I'm done.

Path Notation

Although the mazes are often free-form and doodle-like, I need to keep track of the paths. Here is an example of my notations tracking paths alongside the final pencil drawing. Arrows are typically the "hero" path that will lead to the end. O's are paths open on both ends that I will eventually attach to a hero or false path. Letters or numbers refer to a specific fork, usually close to the start, so I know where to reconnect looping false paths or eventual solution paths.

Left: Path notations help keep track of the maze.  Right: Final maze layout with notations still visible.

Left: Path notations help keep track of the maze.  Right: Final maze layout with notations still visible.

Guidelines!

Laying down guidelines for this large garden maze. Usually I let the perspective kind of wander, but I wanted to try something with a little more discipline. I hope it won't feel too uptight when done.

Reigning in the chaos with guidelines!

Reigning in the chaos with guidelines!