‘The Forbidden Corner’

When I was thinking and coming up with the idea of one main room leading off to many other different rooms, I immediately thought of the bizarre attraction, ‘The Forbidden Corner’.

‘The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park  and the Yorkshire Dales. The temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues – at every turn there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages.’

I have visited the ‘Forbidden Corner’ a few years ago and I still remember what it looked like and what we saw. I really enjoyed it as through the design, you were led into creepy dark chambers through narrow pathways and in every room/place that you were led into there would always be surprises. For example, there would be hidden gargoyles and creepy creatures in the bushes or hidden in wells.

From what I remember, there was a dark chamber that contained many doors leading to different locations and you had to guess and choose which door you went through to go to a desired location. When you entered the ‘Forbidden Corner’ entrance you were given a map of the different places you can go and which paths lead to them, but in this chamber you had to guess and find out which door leads to each place.

The room design of the chamber is similar to what I was thinking of the main room of my attraction to look like. For example, the doors that lead to another place. I want the visitors to enter each door not knowing what to expect apart from knowing that it is one of Einstein’s ideas of time.


I researched the architect who designed ‘The Forbidden Corner’ who was Malcolm Tempest.

I found that he was a member of ‘The Folly Fellowship’. The Folly Fellowship are a pressure group who promote follies, grottoes and garden buildings. I found out information about them and observed their newly built follies.



I started my research by understanding who Albert Einstein is and what theories he came up with. I looked at these two websites for information as this would help me in developing my design idea.

Vintage clock images

I researched images of old vintage style clocks to see what I wanted the floor to look like in the main room of my exhibition.


My Design Idea

My first idea was to create an exhibition design including lots of installations on ‘Einstein’s’ different ideas on how time works. I think the target audience that would come to this exhibit would be mostly families as I will make the exhibit interactive for everyone to enjoy.

I thought there could be a main room which would be a circular room with a design of a vintage clock face spread across the room floor. The visitors would enter this room and then enter many other rooms that would portray a different idea of time through doors linked to the main room.

‘Einstein’s Dreams’ – What I think of the novel…

I really enjoyed reading each one of ‘Einstein’s’ dreams and concepts of time. I didn’t want to put the book down as I thought it was really fascinating in the way that how we normally perceive time might not be the only concept of time and that there could be so many ways in how time works. This book creates huge imagination and it is very thought-provoking. After every dream in the book, I felt like I had to sit down and think about how the ideas of how time could work and if it exists.

I started to research what other people thought after reading Alan Lightman’s novel. I went onto the online department store, ‘Amazon’ and I looked up the customer reviews about the book. I found some interesting comments.


About ‘Einstein’s Dreams’

‘Einstein’s Dreams’ is a 1992 novel by Alan Lightman. The book contains thirty different concepts and dreams of the way time might work that Einstein had while he was working on his theory of relativity in 1905. There are three interludes in the book with Einstein meeting up with his friend, Besso, a prologue and epilogue. ‘Einstein’ explains each concept of time by demonstrating the relationship a human has to each of his dreams.