Dr John James, architect, historian and psychotherapist talks about labyrinths. He is a world expert on the Chartres Cathedral and its labyrinth and helped us get the geometry right for the Centennial Park Labyrinth. In this interview he offers some fascinating insights on astrology and the labyrinth. You can read an in depth article written by John in 1972 on the labyrinth in the Chartres Cathedral here: 36 labyrinth. To find out more about this remarkable man go to http://www.johnjames.com.au/
The Centennial Parklands Foundation held a ‘Sod-Turning’ ceremony on Wednesday 5th February to mark the start of construction of the sandstone labyrinth. Emily Simpson spoke of the journey so far.
|Update on the Labyrinth project from Kim Ellis, CEO, Centennial Parklands 18/12/2013|
|The Centennial Parklands Labyrinth is an exciting and innovative project that will bring to Centennial Parklands an important spiritual element to compliment the parks important passive recreation value. Funded largely by public donation, this project is on track to deliver Australia’s first public Labyrinth in July 2014.The Labyrinth Founder, Emily Simpson, has worked tirelessly with the Centennial Parklands Foundation to raise more than $500,000 required to build this high quality, unique meditative space. The Centennial Park & Moore Park Trust has recently agreed to donate an additional $50,000 and contributed hundreds of hours of management time to ensure that the project meets the very high standards expected of Centennial Parklands.The project is well on track and this week we have signed the project’s principal contractor, Carfax Commercial Constructions. Carfax have the right experience and skills to deliver this complex project and will commence building the prototype in January 2014 adjacent to the Labyrinth site. The project architect William Zuccon has selected Australian stone to use in the Labyrinth with Wondabyne sandstone for use in the light coloured areas and Victorian Blue stone for use in the dark areas. These stones will be supplied by Gosford Quarries and laid by Bondi Stone. Our next newsletter will give you an up-date on the construction of the proto-type with some photographs of how the work is proceeding.|
Centennial Park has put the privately funded sandstone Labyrinth at the forefront of their plans to revitalise the parklands, the Sydney Morning Herald reports…
Things are going well with preparations for the construction of Australia’s first sandstone labyrinth and it looks like it will be completed early next year. This is a surprisingly complex thing to build – with over 1500 individual pieces of stone, every detail needs to be perfectly aligned for it to work. The good people at Centennial Parklands are ensuring that it will be on a par with the other significant stone labyrinths in the world – the one at the Chartres Cathedral in France and the one at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. In the meantime, before construction actually begins, there will still be a labyrinth painted onto the field for you to walk.
We have now raised 100% of what’s needed! Thank you to all our generous donors. We have permission to maintain the painted labyrinth until construction begins, so you can visit anytime. Come walk the mystery…
To find the site: Head straight down Parkes Drive, past the Cafe Pavilion, through the centre of the park and turn left into Dickens Drive. Go past Loch Ave, on the left and you’ll find the labyrinth 100m further along Dickens Drive, in the field on the right, just past Lachlan Swamp. Here’s a park map to help you find your way.
We were honoured to be joined by the following Wisdom Keepers at our Interfaith Walk in December. To read their speeches, click on the box on the right.
Back Row: Rev Ben Gilmour, Paddington Uniting Church; Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins, Emanuel Synagogue; Fr Martin Davies, St James Church, King St; Venerable Boan Sunim, Korean Pori Temple, Gordon; Monsignor Tony Doherty, Church of Mary Magdalene, Rose Bay; Emily Simpson, Centennial Park Labyrinth Project
Front Row: Subhana Barzaghi Roshi, Zen BUddhist Centre; Aunty Ali Golding, Aboriginal Elder; Imam Amid Hady, Zetland Mosque
We had a wonderful fundraising event by the labyrinth this evening attended by our local member of parliament, Malcolm Turnbull MP.
Here’s the speech:
Welcome to this beautiful, peaceful field in this beloved park of ours. For those who haven’t seen one before, this is a labyrinth. Its looking a bit tatty now, compared to when we first painted it in September, when the grass was thick and thirsty. Now the paths are worn down with use, which is a lovely problem to have.
Centennial Park Trust’s blog features our labyrinth and points out an important community benefit.
The Board of Trustees of Centennial Parklands have approved the construction of a sandstone meditation labyrinth and now we need your help to raise the money to build it. Based on the design of the medieval labyrinth in the Chartres Cathederal in France, the Centennial Park Labyrinth will be the first major public labyrinth in Sydney… a spiritual path in this much loved park. The Labyrinth will be part of the Centennial Parkland’s 125th Anniversary in 2013, celebrating over a century of contributing to community health and well-being. It will be a thing of great beauty – a significant public artwork as well as being a watering hole for the spirit for generations to come. All donations to the Centennial Park Labyrinth project are tax-deductible. Help us create something wonderful for Sydney – a source of inspiration and contemplation for generations to come. More information…
Emily Simpson explains the background for the labyrinth in Centennial Park