Creator of world’s largest solvable maze to hold class at Palmer Museum

YORK – Eric Eckert, the creator of the world’s large solvable maze, will be offering a maze-drawing class, for all ages, at the Palmer Museum later this month.

The holder of a Guiness World Record, he will explain the intricate process of creating this type of art – a skill he’s had since being a kid. He’s been drawing mazes for years and has been commissioned all over the nation to create large-scale pieces of art.

But the goal of creating a world record-holding piece of his own became a focal point of his life for a time.

The result is a roll of paper, measuring 2 feet by 536 feet long – 1,072 square feet. It took him 160 hours and 166 Sharpie markers. As he moved along, he drew a red line throughout the entire maze, indicating the solution from beginning to end.

When it was completed, he displayed the entire maze at York University, where it was verified by a licensed engineer.

Following the establishment of the world record, he donated the scroll of maze to the Palmer Museum, where it remains a permanent piece of the historic collection.

Palmer Museum Director Carrie Remmers said the maze was “a very logical choice to be part of our current exhibit dedicated to local art mediums.”

The maze is prominently displayed (again, scrolled) and Remmers said she will periodically turn out more sections for public viewing.

“We are also very excited he has agreed to have a class for kids about this art form,” Remmer said.

Interested persons of all ages will be able to learn how to create maze art on April 27, from 1-2 p.m., at the museum.

Remmers is also encouraging other local artists to share their talents in special programs this spring and summer as the art exhibit is the focal point of the Palmer Museum. If someone is interested in conducting a class or a program, they just need to reach out to Remmers for a session to be scheduled.

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