Going Forward/Moving Backward


An installation that’s part of the Canada Line public art program. The piece is composed of a generated maze and overlaid text. Here’s the artist statement:

There exists a certain kind of poetry in code for those with the right kind of eyes.  The algorithm that built this maze takes three lines to define, but it produces a structure so complex that it is nearly unfathomable for a traveler tasked with solving it.  A move’s meaning is hidden from both the builder and the traveler who know only the next step, but the traveler carries with them the pretension that every step is a step closer to some inevitable goal.  From the traveler’s vantage point there is only a tautological metric for certainty: they’ll know they’re on the right track if, and only if, they get where they’re going.