And there seems to be no job too small, or too outlandish, as his work ranges from tiny finger mazes that you can trace with a single digit, to an entire side of the 210m (689ft) tall Al Rostamani Maze Tower that was completed in Dubai in 2011. But how do you ever become a maze designer? For Mr Fisher it was a lucky turn in the maze we all walk through in life. Image copyright Adrian Fischer Image caption He designs everything from finger mazes to giant cornfield mazes Over the past decade he says that modern technology and particularly the internet has made his job much easier. I work with animators in Spain and designers in Asia, and things like Skype make it so easy to feel like you're in the same room as them. This has really allowed me access to worldwide collaborators and markets including the US and [Asian cities such as] Kolkata, Shanghai and Yokohama. This gives us the flexibility to adjust production methods and timescales to suit each project. Also, local fabrication minimises import duties within our principal markets. The cost of each maze varies greatly. A simple finger maze can be commissioned for just 100, but Mr Fisher's biggest projects, such as huge hedge mazes, will set you back more than 1m. Image copyright Adrian Fisher Image caption Mr Fisher works with designers and other workers around the world to make his creations In terms of competitors, Mr Fisher says he has around 20. But many of them just concentrate on one type of maze, and we do pretty much it all. Mr Fisher has also built up his profile with some record-breaking exploits, and has held the world record for the world's largest cornfield maze no less than six times. Earlier this year, his Butterfly Maze in Ningbo, China set the world record for the largest permanent hedge maze, with a total area of 33,565 sq m (8.3 acres) and total path length of 8.38 km (5.2 miles). In addition he has written 12 books about mazes, and gives both after-dinner talks on the subject, and talks to design students.
Design expert Ania Choroszczynska, founder of London-based Anya Fennet Design, says Mr Fisher has taken mazes to new levels. They [Adrian Fisher Design] understand the scope of the industry and the demands of the consumer or client, and create designs that have had a great reaction, she says. Related Topics