I like to create labyrinths! In fact that’s what I was doing over the Easter weekend. In a small chapel in the heart of the red-light district of Amsterdam, I was invited to create a labyrinth for Silent Saturday. The one that we created literally leads someone from the streets of the red-light district into the chapel, then to the center of the chapel (which is designated by a series of concentric circles), and then over to the baptismal pool.
Also, while I was in Amsterdam, along with some cool friends who like to do crazy art, we made some guerrilla labyrinths together in some of Amsterdam’s great parks with my new blue LED rope lights. You can check out some of the pictures at my other blog www.guerrillalabyrinths.com ….and more specifically, check out some of the “making of” pictures of our night-time guerrilla labyrinths in Amsterdam.
Some of you may ask the question I get all the time….“Why labyrinths?” Well, I tell people 3 things:
- labyrinths are public art that look cool.
- labyrinths give people a chance to depart from the normal path and play for just a bit.
- labyrinths are of an ancient design that represents the journey of life. There’s the CALL at the beginning where you have to accept the journey. Then there’s the CONFUSION of all the twists and turns. Then comes eventually the CENTER where you find your bearings, where you find yourself…or God….or peace, power, etc. Or it could be where you release and let go of the burdens that you’ve been carrying. Then you have the CAPACITY to find your way out of the labyrinth to become the human being you were created to be.
Have you ever walked a labyrinth? Where? What did you experience?