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Papa’s Maze: A Daughter Finds Her Father’s Lost Artwork

A few weeks ago, when a Japanese girl (who the world only knows right now as @Kya7y on Twitter) was going through the belongings her father accumulated over the decades, she found an odd poster-sized sheet of paper about 33 by 23 inches. At first glance, it looked like a big doodle. On closer inspection, it was an intricate maze worthy of something M.C. Escher would be impressed with. According to @Kya7y, her father says he secretly hand-drew the piece almost 30 years ago–it took him 7 years to complete.

She uploaded a photo of what she titled “Papa’s Maze” to her Twitter account and was immediately flooded with requests for reproductions, as well as questions about her father’s profession. “Where does my father work?” she responded. At a public university!! In the athletic department!!! As a janitor.”

Art enthusiasts are going fairly crazy over this discovery, partially because of its back story, its impossibility to solve the circuit board-like maze, and mostly because it was created by a janitor with no art background. Goes to show you to never judge a book by its cover. You can buy a copy of “Papa’s Maze” here, but due to high demand, the print is on back order.

All photos: @Kya7y

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