CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Augusta, Georgia

During the major renovation and addition to their parish hall, Church of the Good Shepherd had a new concrete cap put over their floor (Ardex polymer concrete). One-fourth of an inch deep, it gave a new canvas for staining and decorating. An astute member of the congregation suggested that this would be the time to install a labyrinth. She contacted us, convinced the church authorities and architects, and raised the money, all in a few weeks. People are very inspired by labyrinths. We know of many instances in which churches found that once they committed to getting a labyrinth, donors came forward and wrote big checks.

We scored the pattern into the floor, after which the entire floor was stained. Then we returned and stained the labyrinth. You can see in the photo that the labyrinth is a lighter color than the rest of the floor. This is true, even though it was all the same stain. How? By using a different kind of sealer for the labyrinth. This labyrinth is 30 feet in diameter in a room that is 36 feet wide. Staining and waxing are critically important to maintaining the integrity of the stained areas, including the labyrinth pattern. The stain that we used is a new product, not even released to the public yet. Environmentally friendly, it is soy-based. Having no volatile ingredients, it didn't require us to wear respirators.

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