Somewhere in a laboratory, a scientist documents the ability of a goldfish in a bowl, to complete a maze with cheese as a reward. Lab rats in a maze also attempt to reach the cheese. The result is a puzzled goldfish (and scientist).

Goldfish are not renowned for their memories, let alone maze-solving abilities. This scientist expects a little too much from the poor goldfish and, assuming goldfish do like cheese, appears almost to be ridiculing its inability to move beyond the bowl.

I recently added a maze generator page whereby mazes of different dimensions could be created and then solved. I should point out to smaller children that it’s best to print these mazes out to complete them rather than trying to do them on-screen with permanent markers.

The creation of the maze generator page gave me the idea for this drawing. The goldfish is meant to be the focus, but I got carried away with the cliché of rats in a maze and felt the need to add some in.

Maze Prototype

The maze pictured above was generated on the aforementioned page, more specifically: http://www.thingsesque.com/maze-generator

It has been rotated 180 degrees (as shown left) and then manually extruded to a third dimension for depth.

The rat with binoculars is erroneously positioned where a part of the maze wall should be.

The maze lines looked too confusing as straight black and white in three dimensions, so the maze has been shaded to better distinguish the walls from the floor.