The simple task that I received was to build a car maze for a car company to show the superiority of their new car’s automated driving assistance system.
I used elements of a city, boulevards, tunnels, squares, water, building facades, street walls, and church, to create a miniature city as the maze.
A city at first glance is a complex organ made from twists and turns. But its conception and growth is based along an underlying order. To emphasize this order, the skin of this micro-city was white. The blue pools, green trees, black tunnel, and yellow church were made from pure colors. The church spire becomes the central landmark of the city and adds a layer of fantasy to the setting.
▼以白色为基调配以相对真实的城市环境，the skin is white and includes the relative elements that existing in the real city life
One of the Vikings’ emblem caught my attention, it helped sailors confidently navigate home in storms. I decided to use this emblem to create this labyrinth. In the end, it was more like a map of Asgard from Norse folklore.
▼维京徽章的变形，the transformation of the Vikings’ emblem
In order to erect this micro-city as soon as possible, we agreed with the construction team that a lightweight steel frame and KT boards were best. It had the additional benefit of saving white paint. Considering the strong winds during the scheduled days of construction, the foreman suggested to lower the design’s original 4 meters walls down to 2.2 meters. The foreman also recommended to use Copper Sulfate to dye the pool a stronger hue of blue. After filming, the city was removed.
▼采用轻钢龙骨加KT板作为迷宫主体，use lightweight steel frame and KT boards as the main body
▼蓝色硫酸铜染色的水池，use Copper Sulfate to dye the pool
The micro-city would not have been built without the help of 120 workers. They worked for two days and two nights. There was a single setback when strong winds destroyed half the city.
▼搭建过程，the construction process
Need for Speed
After an initial test run through the course the guest driver with the help of the car’s innovative technology was able to display his clear aptitude for driving. I felt the pleasure of Need for Speed while racing through the micro-city. The micro-city itself revealed the innate potentials of this car. This was an unexpected surprise. I smelled the burnt rubber of the tires and couldn’t help but imagine the sorts of automotive innovations that the future may hold and the thrills that they would bring. After returning to the present, I savored the adrenaline that stilled flowed through me. It was truly a remarkable experience.
▼驰骋的飞车，the running cars
▼在不同迷宫环境中穿梭，running through the micro city
This is a real surreal maze, Instant Asgard.
Chief Architect：YU Ting
Project Architect：Sean WANG, Wutian SUN
Photograph：Yin Ming, MU Zhilin
Material：Steel frames, foam core, wood, waterproof paints
Project Time：June 2017