When I first came across The Ultimate Maze Book, I expected to pick it up and after opening it, would feel disappointed. For some reason I expected it would fall short of its title of being “ultimate”; but would be sort of artsy and not really good mazes. I guess that was because I’ve been enthralled with mazes, labyrinths, puzzles and all forms of Celtic artwork for a long time and have many books on these subjects. Anyway, I picked it up, opened it, and instantly I knew I’d never seen anything like it before.
David takes mazes out of the ordinary puzzle world and into a world of almost a mystical experience, whatever that means. The art and design of these puzzles is nothing short of fantastic. The complexity only suggested by the most intricate Celtic knot work design. On top of that, David incorporates color into his work that brings life to each of his masterpieces.
In his text he explains what he is trying to do with his mazes and how the solver is in a personal challenge with him on his journey through life. Isn’t that really what all our lives area journey through a wondrous maze, full of little successes and disappointments all at the same time searching for the ultimate solution.
In this book he gives us an explanation of each maze. I particularly was impressed by No.24, let me show you:
” Celtic Clover
The woven clover shape at the maze’s center is adapted from a traditional Celtic rendition of the classic symbol of luck, and of a plant known for its gentle but powerful healing properties. The woven patterns in the green bands near bottom left and right of the circle and in the bottom half of the red outer circle shapes are also Celtic in origin. The patterns in the top half of the red circle are adapted from macramé the thread is a universal symbol for divine energy. In fashioning the knots that helped make his fishing nets and shelter, primitive man who was also metaphorically tying the universal thread of life into specific forms that would sustain him during his lifetime. Ancient Celtic crosses were often rendered in woven patterns, and the knot is also one of the classic cross-cultural symbolic representations of infinity. The man and woman illustrated at top represent the yin and yang aspects of the maze. The green-clad, leprechaun like gentleman carries the Celtic shillelagh or walking stick, which represents magic or wisdom, while his rosy-cheeked companion carries flowers representing femininity and fertility. The verdant colors of this maze evoke the lushness of Ireland. This maze will challenge you as it leads you in and out of its complex interweaving patterns, but it is also highly entertaining, as any visit with the Celts would surely be. “Like I said, David raises the maze to a higher level.
Now that your interest has been kindled, let me suggest you go to the ‘David Anson Russo’ web site and read more about him and his mazes. There are also other books of mazes and puzzles listed; along with several of his mazes to challenge you. Like his mazes his Website is excellent.
This book can be bought on Amazon.