I saw this on Facebook today and wondered:
Is it really a maze? Or is it just maze-like in its appearance?
Brandon Enright wrote:
Interesting weave of tubes. There is mention of it being unsolvable but I wonder if they mean it really has no path adjoining the presumed start from finish or if they just mean it's really hard in the same sense that the Rubik's cube is "unsolvable".
I too find this very interesting. Looking at the pictures I haven't spotted anything that looks like a clear start or a clear end. So the first question... is this even a maze? If yes, then I would really love to know what it means by unsolvable. It appears the original was all hand drawn and it looks very dense in places... maybe there is too much ambiguity regarding tubes crossing behind others or not and things of that nature. As for the $40 price... that seems very reasonable to me simply based on this being the work of art that it is. If its an actual maze its even more interesting.
I too would love to see a computer solve this if it were a maze. That would make a very cool thing to animate. Scan this at a high resolution and have the camera zoomed in on the mouse (aka computer/program) as it runs through the maze leaving a green trail behind hit. If it needs to backtrack have it turn that trail red. The process would make a great video and the final solution would make another great piece of art with a sort of Christmas theme.