Catching up with EVL alumna Copper Giloth: Labyrinth of Fables

Scene from the “Labyrinth of Fables, Fountain 37: The Wolf and the Head (Le Loup & la Teste)” by Copper Giloth and collaborator Jonathan Tanant - Copper Giloth

Participants: Copper Giloth, Jonathan Tanant


Copper Giloth received her MFA from the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), a formal joint program of the School of Art & Design and the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Department of Art.

Giloth recently completed her latest interactive real-time computer-graphics art work, called “Labyrinth of Fables.” It takes you to the 17th century Palace of Versailles in France, which once-upon-a-time contained a labyrinth populated with trees, fences and fountains, each of which illustrated one of Aesop’s fables. The Labyrinth existed for just over 100 years, and with this app you can walk around Versailles’ Grove of the Queen, find the labyrinth’s 39 fountains, experience them in 3D, and read each fable and attempt to deduce the moral of the story! When you correctly deduce a moral, the fountain will activate. As you read more fables, the labyrinth will grow around you!

The Labyrinth at Versailles was destroyed approximately 250 years ago, but with virtual reality, anyone can once again experience its beauty and grandeur. With a GPS-enabled and gyroscopic device, the user can physically walk the Bosquet de la Reine while viewing the Labyrinth and fountains in 3D. Alternatively, a stationary user can experience the Labyrinth using a computer, tablet or phone’s touch and swipe controls to navigate from fountain to fountain.

The app is available from the Apple App Store or Google Play for iOS and Android phone / tablet, for Mac and Windows desktops, and via the web. More Information.

Become a friend of the Laybrinth of Fables on Facebook.


Date: October 23, 2014

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