Other illusions included the Shepard scale, which is a sequence of sounds that seems to endlessly ascend or descend in pitch; an Inverted T, in which a vertical stick feels longer to the touch than a horizontal stick, despite both being the same size; and a mirror illusion, in which a shape appears radically different in a mirror depending on which way it is turned.
The maze is the result of a collaboration between philosophers and scientists, architects and designers. The maze was designed by Professor Ophelia Deroy (IP and LMU Munich) and Professor Barry Smith, and brought to life by Spanish architect, Sergio Cobos. The maze draws on work carried out at the Centre for the Study of the Senses based at the Institute of Philosophy.
Professor Barry Smith, Director of the Institute of Philosophy, said:
“The Multisensory Maze lets us experience for ourselves how our senses work, it is also a great opportunity for science communication.
“The Maze makes a lasting impact on people. While we forget what we have heard or seen in the weeks after attending a museum or talk, exploring though experiencing an effect on us has real grip. People learn more when they experiment and discover by themselves!”
The maze, which was first exhibited at Biotopia Museum in Bavaria, will be exhibited next in Los Angeles at the Getty Foundation's 2024 Pacific Standard Time Arts festival on the theme of Arts and Science.