Maze Took Seven Years to Draw


A maze that took seven years to draw has been published by the artists daughter. The creation is around 33 x 23 inches big and is drawn on A2 sized paper. The maze was reportedly drawn 30 years ago.

The 30-year-old maze was recently posted by the artist’s daughter on her Twitter account.The daughter of the artist, @Kya7y, answered a flood of questions that came after she posted the maze to Twitter this way: “Where does my father work? At a public university!! In the athletic department!!! As a janitor.” The Japanese janitor who created the work revealed that he had spent seven years drawing it.

The daughter, Kya7y is also an avid Jubeat music game player. When Kya7y tweeted the maze, she added the prompt, “Won’t somebody make it to the goal?”

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Kya7y announced that she had 50 copies of her fathers maze, but she didn’t know how many were originally published. Kya7y stated that the technology used to print the mazes was very old and perhaps is no longer used today. Kya7y also said that this was not the only maze. There is at least one other intricate maze created by her father.

Kya7y warned that the maze may not actually be solvable–the goal may be unreachable. Kya7y said that, although she wasn’t totally sure, she thought her father had never actually reached the goal.

Mazes have always been, and continue to be popular. Today, corn mazes are extremely popular. There are also many video game maze programs, in addition to the paper and pencil mazes everyone remembers from childhood.

Mazes have puzzled humans since at least the second century B.C., according to the historical record. The earliest extant mazes were built in Egypt and Crete. In Egypt, a famed labyrinth was built by pharaoh Amenemhet III which had thousands of rooms and courtyards like mazes. Scholars speculate that the Egyptian labyrinth was built by a ruler fascinated by mazes for the practical reason of protecting his domicile from intruders. Amenemhet also built a maze inside his pyramid. The purpose of the pyramid maze was like that of the palace.

The mazes in Egypt were apparently more impressive than the Pyramids themselves. Two ancient historians visited and wrote about Egypt and remarked that they judged the pyramids superior in wonder. The Egyptian maze does not exist only in legend. The site has been found by archeologists, but the construction itself has long since been erased.

Another famous historical maze, perhaps better known than the Egyptian mazes, was the building at Knossos, Crete, known as the Minoan palace. The building had an estimated 1300 rooms on its three-acre spread. Knossos burned to the ground in the 15th century, B.C. Perhaps as an example of the frustration some puzzlers experience when faced with puzzles past their ability.

The Japanese janitor’s hand-drawn puzzle which took seven years to create may be another such frustration to puzzlers.  The maze is available to buy and has been listed on several websites, but, since it is not certain whether the maze is actually solvable, fair warning to puzzlers who might spend another seven years working it out.

By Day Blakely Donaldson


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One Response to "Maze Took Seven Years to Draw"

  1. Igor@ThinkMaze   January 21, 2014 at 12:42 am

    It looks interesting indeed, a work of art. It has a vintage feel to it, the colors.. I´ve also developed a couple of mazes which are available for free at my website. And I always like to see mazes of others as well 🙂

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