'Fingermaze' – Hove, England - Atlas Obscura

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This seemingly normal pathway actually forms a giant fingerprint.  


Visitors to Hove Park will find an unassuming pathway that blends into the ground seamlessly. What most don’t know is that this pathway is actually a public work of art and a maze designed to look like a giant’s fingerprint.

The public display was created in 2006 by local artist Chris Drury, who was also commissioned by the City Council to craft a separate art display in 2004.

The maze is made from York flagstone and lime mortar. Drury said he wanted to design and create a “very simple but mysterious image within the grass, that would draw you in, and in doing so, you would be walking the rhythms that are in our bodies.”

Know Before You Go

The maze is located in Hove Park near the Hove Park railway and playground. The nearest road access is on Goldstone Crescent. The fingerprint can be seen on a slight rise above the path, but to access it requires a short walk across the grass.

The Goldstone is also located in the park, and there is a cafe, tennis courts, and a climbing wall. The park is open 24 hours.

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