Maze art project set for official opening

Published Thursday, 22nd August 2019

Entrance to The Maze in Shoebury Park

A new, family-friendly, public arts project is set to open in Shoebury Park following the completion of the structural works.

‘The Maze’, is a public art installation made up of recycled plastic lumber set out in a circular design, resembling ‘stone circles’, and is to be officially opened on Friday 30 August by The Worshipful The Mayor, Cllr John Lamb.

The area will be surrounded by a naturalised area of long grass and wildflowers, creating a natural habitat for butterflies, birds and other wildlife, which benefits the environment and fits in with the council’s pollinator strategy. Rising out of the ground, the maze will entice people to explore and discover, and is designed to be accessible for all ages and will enable all the family to have fun safely.

Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “A maze was very much an aspiration of former Cllr Mike Assenheim and something he believed would provide enjoyment, especially for young people, and I am thrilled to announce that it will be officially opening next week.

“While the public art is not a formal memorial we are delighted that Mike’s wife, Mrs Evelyn Assenheim, will be attending the opening.

“The Maze will be enhanced by ongoing horticultural maintenance in order to establish a natural habitat. This will take two or three years to establish fully and will provide a lasting facility for all.”

The project was funded through developer contributions from 2017.