Indiana Labyrinths


University of Southern Indiana Labyrinth

Design collaboration with Robert Ferré (Photo by Warren Lynn)

University of Southern Indiana Labyrinth

University of Southern Indiana Labyrinth (Photo by Pat Aalchus) University Labyrinth constructed artfully by Marty Kermeen and Labyrinths in Stone

Marty Kermeen has installed A paved labyrinth modeled after New Harmony’s (Indiana) Cathedral Labyrinth has been constructed in front of the University of Southern Indiana’s Liberal Arts Center as part of its quadrangle project. The quadrangle provides a new focal point for the campus and will include areas of landscaping and seating.

“The concept of the labyrinth was that they wanted a living reference on campus to their relationship with New Harmony,” said Mark Rozewski, USI vice president for Business Affairs. The Cathedral Labyrinth, located on North Street in New Harmony, is a replica of the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, built in the 12th century near Paris, France. The consultant on the USI project, Labyrinth Enterprises, LLC of St. Louis, also worked on the Cathedral Labyrinth, which it describes as “the most beautiful labyrinth in the United States.

Valparaiso Memorial Labyrinth by Marty Kermeen Labyrinths in Stone

Labyrinth at Valparaiso

Valparaiso University Labyrinth

Valparaiso University Labyrinth Made by Labyrinths in Stone



Valparaiso University Labyrinth 2

Design collaboration with Robert Ferré Made by Labyrinths in Stone

By Robert Ferré, Labyrinth Enterprises, LLC

A few years ago Valparaiso University rented one of our canvas labyrinths for lent. One of the people who enjoyed walking it was a student named Nicole Unrath. Nicole graduated in June of 2003 and became a grade school teacher. Sadly, that September, she was killed in an auto accident.

In considering a suitable memorial, the Unrath family decided that a labyrinth would be appropriate. The path from conception to realization was a two year journey as convoluted as the paths of the labyrinth itself. In the end, with Marty Kermeen as the installer, we designed and executed a unique labyrinth.

The design was created by John Unrath, brother to Nicole and currently a student at VU. It is 72 feet across, yet only five circuits (five concentric circles). It incorporated some of the features of designs that we had submitted, including circular “chapels” around the perimeter. It was built on the remains of an unused “amphitheater” on the east side of the Chapel of the Ressurection, a landmark architectural feature of the campus.

In writing to me regarding the memorial labyrinth for their daughter, the donors would sign at the bottom of their emails,”Tom, Anita, John, and Nicole from Heaven.” Very touching.

The paths of the labyrinth are 40 inches wide so as to accommodate wheelchairs or two people walking side by side or passing in opposite directions. Between the paths is one foot of open space for plantings. All of the walkways have a one-inch lip along the edge to make it possible for sight-challenged people to follow the path with a cane.

By the time of the dedication, it was October, with no plans to further landscape until spring. So some of the open spaces were temporarily filled with gravel. Then, a number of “I Am” scriptural verses were added on small limestone blocks. While it was a long path designing and building the labyrinth, it is very satisfying to have the opportunity to build a labyrinth on this kind of scale. We are happy to hear that the labyrinth has become a popular resource in the spiritual lives of many students, faculty, and visitors. The labyrinth is a fitting memorial to a young woman who personified the spiritual vitality the university has long fostered.


Labyrinth at Wabash

Man-in-Maze Labyrinth

Man-in-Maze Labyrinth, Charley Creek Gardens

The Man in the Maze

This labyrinth is located just north of downtown Wabash, Indiana, at Charley Creek Gardens, and is open 365 days a year for no fee. There is a beautiful waterfall and nice walking trials, a large hedge maze and of course our Man in the Maze Labyrinth. It has buff paths and brown lines, and is forty feet in diameter. In the center you will find a Marty Kermeen Limestone carving titled “The Dance of the Cranes” performing their legendary dance. This labyrinth honors the Miami Nation of Indians that once had settlements around Wabash. The Crane is the symbol of the Miami Tribe.

Wabash Sculpture Art