From the very beginning, my journey into the starmaze has been a pursuit of beauty. At first the maze seemed veiled in mysteries, and I struggled just to uncover its beauty for myself. Later, with the advent of the 3D Starmaze Project, what was abstract became concrete, and I could finally capture the beauty of the maze in a form that all could appreciate.

I have now begun to create a series of still images and videos of the maze. My intention is to release a portfolio each year in the form of an oversized calendar. In this way I can create art at a measured pace while documenting my progress. This page will serve as an ever-growing catalog of those images. Click each thumbnail to view a full-sized version, then right or control-click to save them as desktop pictures.

Starmaze 2010

My first calendar captures the initial assembly of four above-ground quadrants to form a kind of monastery centered in an artificial landscape. The view on the cover shows an approach from the sea, with the starmaze looming on a cliff in the distance.

January shows an aerial view of the maze with ocean to the west, mountains to the north, forested hills to the east, and a desert of sand dunes to the south.
February shows a view from the south courtyard looking north. The foreground includes one of the 256 monoliths that mark each pattern and provide passage to or from the underground maze.
March shows a view looking straight down into the Escher-like interior of a tower. Foot-thick blue glass walls separate the various staircases.
April shows a view from the 16-lane double-decker bridge connecting the South Tower to the West Tower. Slides in each lane enforce one-way movement.
May shows an upside-down view from beneath the maze during construction. This study in complexity is also available as a large poster.
June shows three rotated views of the connecting passageways within each tower. Red passages lead from bridges, blue passages lead to bridges.
July shows nine interior views, including a dome gallery, tower interior, bridge junction, two views from the underground maze, a double-helix staircase, and a ladder.
August shows a view of most of the maze from above the South Tower looking north.
September shows an "x-ray" view of the maze which reveals many of the interior structures. The oculus is clearly visible at the center of the maze.
October shows a "painting" of the maze with brush strokes on canvas. This picturesque landscape is also available as a mini-poster.
November shows the translucent underside of the maze. The sea-green courtyard ladder shafts have not yet been connected.
December shows one quadrant of the maze seeming to fly from its landing site like an enormous space ship.

Videos

The only way to fully appreciate the three-dimensional quality of the evolving starmaze monastery is to move (or fly!) through it. To provide this experience I am creating a series of short (approximately one minute) video clips. Click on any of the following images to launch each video.

Bastion Flight moves down into and through the length of a bastion, spins down a spiral staircase, then turns back around and out and in again.
Starship takes a wild ride beneath a starmaze quadrant, up through the inner passages of a tower, down and through a bastion, back between the decks of a bridge, down and around again.
Totality provides the first fly-through of the assembled monastery situated in its terrain. Good comprehensive view of the maze in its original form.
Monastery 4 shows off enhancements including the dome and owlery in the House of Birds, the pyramid and reflecting pools in the House of Rain, and the Last Tower in the House of Dreams.

New videos will be posted here from time to time and calendar portfolios will be added once a year. A spectacular printed edition of the latest Starmaze Calendar is available for a limited time at the Cartania Gift Shop.