On Tuesday June 14th 2011, to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of celebrated Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges (14 June 1986 – 14 June 2011), the Fundación Internacional Jorge Luis Borges and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini opened The Borges Labyrinth, a reconstruction of the maze that architect Randoll Coate designed in the writer’s honour, inspired by his short story El Jardín de senderos que se bifurcan (The Garden of Forking Paths).
Tests in diverse materials such as alabaster were carried out at Factum Arte for a handrail containing braille texts. The Labyrinth was planted and the handrail will be installed once the box hedges have had time to settle and grow.
The Labryinth was officially opened in the presence of Borges' widow Maria Kodama and featured audio works which juxtaposed the roman chant Alleluia: O Pimenon ton Israhil against interviews with Randoll Coate and readings by Jorge Luis Borges. Listen to an extract (headphones recommended) in our Audio Works section.
The alabaster handrail will contain braille texts and be lit from underneath, allowing both a tactile and visual experience.
A video by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini.