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/
|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.