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Reflective thoughts, peaceful walk of the labyrinth
What is a labyrinth? In Greek mythology, a labyrinth was an ornate confusing structure designed to keep the monster Minotaur caged, however, the English referred to it as a maze. A maze is not actually the correct terminology because a labyrinth has only one path leading to the centre, whereas a maze is like a complex puzzle with many choices or paths and directions.
Photo courtesy of Centennial Parklands Labyrinth Walk
Although used for centuries in Gothic cathedrals throughout Europe, on Greek pottery and rock carvings, labyrinths have become quite popular in later years, appearing in spiritual houses, gardens and even backyards as a way of creating a journey of peace and relaxation or contemplation for all those who take the path to the centre. It is another great way to meditate or slow your mind as you focus on the path ahead leaving outside pressures at bay.
Sydney's first public sandstone labyrinth was the brainchild of Emily Simpson, who in cooperation with Centennial Parklands Foundation, set about in getting its design sympathetic to the landscape and character of the Parklands. The labyrinth is approximately 18 metres in diameter and has a 2.5-metre wide border to provide a hard-surface standing space around the walk area. Stone pavers were precisely cut by a computer to shape and the process entailed pouring of a concrete bed onto samples of each of the stone pavers. Once laid into place, three-millimetre joints were positioned between the pavers to ensure the assembly of the pattern came together. Construction took five months to complete and used over 1,500 individual pieces of stone in perfect alignment to complete the structure.
Photo Courtesy of Centennial Parklands Labyrinth Walk