What is a Labyrinth?
The Labyrinth is an ancient pattern, an archetypal image that has been passed down through generations and cultures as a form of reflective instrument. Over the last thousand years or so these fascinating patterns have most often been constructed as pathways on the ground big enough for us to enter and walk. Many confuse the Labyrinth with a maze. A maze has many paths, twists and turns and is a puzzle to be solved. A Labyrinth has only one entrance and one path to the centre. The only way in is the way out. Unlike a maze which is designed to get lost in, a labyrinth helps us find ourselves.
“No one knows who created any of the labyrinth forms, but we do know from experience that embedded within each design is a pattern that somehow quiets our deep inner being so we can hear our own wisdom and the wisdom attempting to reach us. Whether walked or traced in sand, the labyrinth pattern is a powerful tool for reflection, meditation, realignment, and a deeper knowledge of the Self” (Laren Artress, The Sand Labyrinth: Meditation at your Fingertips).
Construction of the DCU Labyrinth
The DCU Labyrinth Project was led by DCU Chaplain Fr. Joe Jones who began a fundraising mission in October 2012. He was joined by a committee of twelve people and they succeeded in making their wish for a Labyrinth into a reality.
The Labyrinth was constructed with snapped granite cobbles sourced from Portugal and laid to an exact detailed pattern. The geometrical detail and precision was extremely important to get right. The concrete was laid in two colours, silver and black. The joints were then filled with flowpoint hydraulic mortar.
'It was a joy to watch Tomas and Andreas placing each stone with such precision and care. One could see the great pride that these men take in the work they do. The project that we entrusted to them was delivered to a very high standard and surpassed all our hopes and expectations' - Fr. Joe Jones
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