Funky musical maze opens free to families at Dundee Museum


A multi-colored morphing indoor maze designed to make adults more playful has been unveiled at the V&A Design Museum in Dundee.

Listening to Joy, created by Anglo-Nigerian artist Yinka Ilori, was created especially for V&A Dundee and is open to all ages to explore.

It is made up of zippable mesh panels and interactive elements that allow visitors to change the shape of the labyrinth as they go.

The maze also has two circular xylophones that people can play in the unique setting of the award-winning museum’s atrium.

The sounds of joy and laughter from visitors, as well as their musical styles on the xylophones, will also be recorded and transformed into a series of musical compositions.



Joy Listening Maze aims to push adults out of their comfort zone and participate

Yinka Ilori visited the V&A Dundee this morning to unveil the new maze, specially designed for the museum, and tested it with students from the city’s St Peter and St Paul Primary School.

He thinks the maze could help adults and children play more together – by getting adults out of their comfort zones and having a little fun in unorthodox ways.

Ilori said, “The game has to be collaborative, so I created this installation for visitors of all ages to explore sounds, colors and patterns in a shared space.



Designer Yinka Ilori wants to remind people "the power to play"
Designer Yinka Ilori wants to remind people of “the power of the game”

“I hope Listening to Joy fires the imagination and reminds all of us of the power of play.”

Sophie McKinlay, the museum’s program director, called the maze “brilliant and daring,” while the popular postal code lottery, which funded the new attraction, said it would bring “a lot of fun and laughter.” to visitors.

Listen to Joy is available for free in Locke Hall at V&A Dundee until April 24, 2022.

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