All ages
Gallery 7

Superplexus

Large sphere suspended in a frame with a wooden 3d maze inside

How it works

Challenge yourself to solve this spherical 3D maze. Using the Superplexus is the best way to figure out the puzzle.

Things to try or ask around the exhibit

  • Can you get the ball from the start to the finish?
  • Arrows of different colours represent pathways of different difficulties.
  • Can you negotiate all the pathways?

Background

Superplexus, is a complex, 3-dimensional labyrinth that can be traced using a small wooden ball inside the spherical maze. The Superplexus was designed and built by US artist Michael McGinnis.
Each plywood track inside the globe is printed with a coloured number and name. The colours represent levels of difficulty in rolling the ball along the track. From easiest to most difficult:

  • Apricot (recommended for all visitors initially)
  • Lilac
  • Lavender
  • Pink
  • Lime

Finding the science in your world

When using Superplexus you may notice that you are using gravity and kinetic energy to guide the ball through the maze. The large globe is gently tipped to start the ball rolling, however controlling the ball once it gets started can be very difficult!