Grid Labyrinth

unreadable, inaccessible



Visible layout but impossible to understand: the public is capable of looking through the whole structure remaining, however, still confused. Simple construction: the grid is formed by one modular piece repeated and joint multiple times.



for a Burningman Festival – Black Rock City Honoraria, 2017
Shortlisted at Battersea Sculpture Prize, 2017


Collaborated with Ruini Shi, Agnese D’amore

Labyrinths have long been used as a meditation tool. The walking meditation they offer assists us in finding clarity and peace, managing stress, decision-making, as well as self-exploration and reflection.

Just as a contemporary city in a big desert metaphor, the labyrinth represents a journey for people to navigate by instinct rather than maps or signs, to the centre of the self then back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who they are.

This labyrinth is constructed out of wooden beams, which form a semi-transparent grid. It is possible to see through the structure and beyond it without being able to immediately understand the direction to take. The journey is made more puzzling by the insertion of some movable openings that look exactly like the rest part of the labyrinth and are therefore hidden in plain sight.

As a result, the installation serves as an immersive experience, inviting people to wander, meditate, and unlock the path to the exit by rotating a series of doors. The labyrinth intends to provide a psychological journey that encourages participants to reflect on their sense of being through this meditative puzzle.

The installation serves as an immersive experience that intends to provide a playful but, simultaneously, meditative adventure, which brings to life new sensations and aims to depict a Utopia scenario in today’s context.


 I intend to propose this wooden grid labyrinth as a metaphor for the journey of life. We all reside in arduous similar paths, with hurdles and barriers on our way to the destination. In this sense, the labyrinth represents a journey from our own centre and back again out into the world, and the rotating doors symbolize the difficulties we encounter in our daily life which, once conquered, could lead us to new phases.


 The piece aims to engage the participants in a prayer labyrinth which involves three stages: “Purgation” (releasing), “Illumination” (receiving), and “Union” (returning).


 “Purgation” occurs as one move toward the centre of the labyrinth. During this stage, one sheds the cares and distractions of life and opens his heart and mind. This is the time to “receive what is there for you” through prayer and meditation.


The second stage happens when participants encounter their first obstacle, a closing door, which represents the setbacks we meet in our daily life. They have to stop here and do some thinking before they move on to the next stage.By walking through the door, new paths can be discovered. With the experience and confidence participants build up in the process, they are going to overcome the following obstacles with calm. That’s why we call this stage “Illumination”.


 The third stage, “Union”, occurs as the participant exits the labyrinth and it involves “joining God, your Higher Power, or the healing forces at work in the world.”