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Updates:

07/10: Having fun drawing doodle requests into the maze path. Just a little more than halfway finished to breaking the record and still feeling good about getting to the finish line! Today I tried putting the first half of the maze time lapse together and realized that some of the file names get mixed up, which hopefully won't cause too much of a headache later on when trying to organize everything. Everything still appears to be there, which is the most important thing,

 

07/02: Week 4 came to a close and I'm just shy of halfway to the record goal. With approximately 80 hours logged, the holiday still has me just a little behind schedule. I'm hoping to make up the time during the second half of the maze. One of the biggest challenges has been Guinness's strict witness guidelines. My two witnesses must be present and attentive throughout the entire attempt, which is proving to be increasingly difficult with everyones busy schedules and putting together the new plans for the next door art studio co-op.

 

This week I've also started incorporating doodle requests into the maze path! Click HERE to see a list of our amazing square foot sponsors and their doodles! 

06/27: Week 3 came to a close, and I'm beginning to see some progress being made on my paper-roll! Yay! Though I realized awhile back that I'm going to have to do the first few feet of the maze over again because there's a maze path that exceeds the 1 cm path width in the maze, one of my official guidelines. I was trying to be creative and add some fun paths along the way, but after exchanging a few messages with Guinness, I'll need to replace this portion in order to be sure I'm adhering to the guidelines correctly. Luckily, I am allowed to use glue to portion/splice two sections of maze together as long as I document everything correctly!

06/12: Day 4 of my attempt to break the world record for the world's largest hand drawn maze complete! So far I'm approximately 40 sq feet deep into my 2000sq. foot paper roll. 

 

06/09: The attempt has finally began! You can follow along LIVE on my facebook page from 10:00 AM -2:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday (Link: https://www.facebook.com/boggessart/)

05/17: The start date will be June 2nd! New Challenge: Guinness has instructed that no more than 4 hours can be logged by the the two required independent witnesses in a given amount of time. This is going to make maze production take a little longer, since I originally intended to work 8 hour days. But I'm still confident that it can be done! Here are the new details:

The attempt will be live at the Posterity Gallery in Grosse Pointe from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. The gallery is closed Sunday & Monday.  

04/21: The guidelines are in from Guinness World Records! Here are the conditions and updates as they occur:

*The entire attempt will take place live over the period of about 2 months and 200 logged hours.  People and businesses will be able to show support if they wish by sponsoring a square foot of the maze in order to raise funding for Living Arts, a local organization that provides important art programs to Detroit schools and youth programs. Donators will receive a sponsorship certificate, you can even request a doodle or writing to be incorporated into the maze path!

*The entire process must be video-recorded & logged with 2 independent witnesses.

*Maze paths cannot exceed 1 cm in thickness.

*The record is for the area of the maze itself and not the paper it is drawn on.

*The current record was set by Eric Eckert from NY, who spent 160 hours, using 536 feet of two-foot-wide paper and 166 sharpies, for a total of 1072 square feet

*The paper roll I will be working on is 1000ft long and 2 feet wide, for a total size of 2000 square feet.

 

STORY

Beginning just as soon as the social distancing orders have been lifted, I am going to make an attempt at breaking the record for the World's Largest Hand-Drawn Maze in order to help out one of my favorite local art organizations, Living Arts. The entire attempt will be live and open to the public. One of our amazing local art galleries, Posterity Gallery, has agreed to let me set up a little space where anyone walking by can stop and say hello!   Our local art programs and teaching artists need help now more than ever in order to continue providing art programs in our communities.  For anyone who wants to show support, they will be able to sponsor a square foot of the maze by contributing to the Living Arts Fund. 

Living Arts is a team of over 40 professional, teaching artists that provide performing, visual and media art programs. They reach an average of 3,000 Detroit area youth annually through Head Starts, K-12 public and charter schools, and community centers across the city.  The organization has been hit hard by the ripple effects of the pandemic, with the cancelation of their biggest fundraising event. Livings Arts has lost significant program income due to school closures. To ensure Living Arts can continue to serve Detroit youth throughout this crisis, and once programs resume, they have launched a crowd-funding campaign.

RISKS AND CHALLENGES

 

The Guiness World Record guidelines are extremely strict. For instance, the width of the maze path cannot be any larger than 1cm and the entirety of the paper must be filled, without any gaps of paper showing. It also must be solvable, which I still haven't quite figure out a great method for.  Once it's finished, it would easily take someone a year to solve. So, I think the best option is to solve it as I go.  The maze must be in a public place, with 2 independent witnesses with the entire process being recorded. Another challenge I see myself facing during this project is time. I am a mom, a working artist and run a small art studio. It's going to be difficult balancing and managing time to put in the work of creating the worlds biggest hand-drawn maze. I will be illustrating separate mazes for a maze book series throughout this attempt. That's a lot of maze making!

What's something new you plan to share this month?

 

I’ll be posting the official ’Start’ date for this attempt, along with photos and any progress that is made! Stay tuned! There’s a lot of work to do on the road ahead. 

Care to share a photo of something you’re working on right now?

 

Sure! right now I’m working on publishing a second book to an Illustrated Maze Book Series! I draw them with a mechanical pencil first, then outline everything with a permanent marker.  After the outline is complete, I will paint/color in some sections and then do some final touches in a photo editing program. Here's one of the pages that I just finished up! You can find any other updates here as they come up, so stay tune and thanks for all of the love and the outpour of support! I'm so excited to start this thing!

Wizard World Mazes: Book 2

  A page from the Wizard World Maze Book  

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