Seven Path

 

Some may think building a labyrinth sounds like landscape construction.

We are not contractors, we are artists that create and install beautiful labyrinths that will last for generations to come, helping to heal us and our planet one step at a time.

The labyrinth design at Aurora University has been used throughout human history and is called The Seven Path Classical Labyrinth pattern.

The first of several meetings that we attended about the AU labyrinth project took place on Sept 10, 2014. As they often do, Marty Kermeen and Jeff Saward collaborated on the exact details of the project! Marty often calls Jeff in to help with CAD drawings, math calculations, his wisdom and for support.

The process of shaping the pieces for the labyrinth started at our studio in February 2017. And the actual installation of the interactive art piece started in June and was completed the last week of July 2017.

The base under this sacred space is 15″ deep. We also included a 5″ crown in the center to ensure that water would run off properly. This durable foundation was made by compacting over 100 tons of limestone gravel in varying sizes. Also, there is 7 tons of sand that we spread 1 inch thick as a setting bed which the pavers lay on. The paver area is 40.5 feet in diameter. Therefore the circumference is near 127 feet. The entire space totals 1287 square feet.

The dark bricks that make the lines of the labyrinth and the outer band surrounding the entire paved area were crafted using clay pavers. They have iron baked into their surface creating a slightly reflective appearance.

There are about 4500 small bricks used for the lines of the labyrinth. Each one of these pieces needed to be hand cut from full sized 4 X 8-inch pavers to a dimension of 3.1 X 4 inches.

After the small pieces that make the lines of the labyrinth were intentionally cut to be 3.1″ wide. We placed them side by side in three rows for the lines of the labyrinth. By doing this, we were able to generate a dimension that would be equal in size to the width of two of the beige squares that make up the path. If you look closely you can see the significant impact this has on the design.

Marty also rounded the top four corners of all of these small pieces by hand so they would cast shadows and create dimension. This cobblestone appearance evokes a feeling of welcoming and warmth to the labyrinth.

These custom pieces alone required an entire month of carving time at our studio to make.

Approximately 700 full sized 4 X 8 clay pavers also had their corners rounded. They were then utilized to create the outer band, which provides proper containment to the entire paved area. These pavers weigh 7 lbs each, totaling nearly 2.5 tons.

There are over 6100 square beige pavers that were custom manufactured for this project. They are made of compressed concrete. Each one weighs 6.25lbs. All of the beige pavers combined weigh over 19 tons.

We are humbled and proud when we think about the generations of students and faculty members that will walk this labyrinth, finding growth healing and peace. We know they will create a better world for us all.Debi and Marty Kermeen
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