If you're looking to get lost while getting chilly, the giant maze made entirely of blocks of ice in the resort town of Zakopane, Poland, is the place you want to be.
Right next to the Great Krokiew ski jumping venue, the maze is set to open to the public on Jan. 23. When finished, the structure will cover 2,500 square meters and double the previous Guinness World Record for an icy cold labyrinth achieved by the Arctic Glacier Ice Maze at the Buffalo Powder Keg Festival in Buffalo, New York, on Feb., 26 2010.
A project of this magnitude requires a lot of time — and a lot of help.
"There were many sleepless nights. Then we found a good team to work with. Most of them are professional builders, so they are good in their roles," says designer Darek Pytlik.
"We are on a huge construction site...40 mountaineers are cutting 60 thousand snow cubes, and then manually composing them," says designer Artur Haber.
Haber says the project began at the end of November, but since then, the weather has been less than cooperative.
"Unfortunately, in December we had a thaw and everything was stopped. Fortunately, after Christmas we had frost. Immediately we started the production of snow, so construction is going well," he says.
If you get stuck, don't get upset — the maze can actually help you.
"In the maze you get a little lost, but there are a lot of attractions. You can find great blocks of ice with various items inside. Visitors will find out what they are. The labyrinth will be absolutely safe."
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