ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL
Chicago, IL

 

Location: St. James (Episcopal) Cathedral, 65 East Huron Street, Chicago (at Wabash, less than two blocks from the "Miracle Mile" on Michigan Avenue.)

AllDeck is a rather involved system that gives an excellent acrylic-and-fiberglass surface, perfect for labyrinths. This site was complicated by the fact that the surface was pebble aggregate, which had to be filled in and leveled off in the area destined for the labyrinth. For information on AllDeck®, see their website: www.alldeck.com. Click here for a pdf sheet on AllDeck.

After the surface is prepared, we laid down fiberglass mats and impregnated them with resin so that they would adhere to the concrete. Several more coats of resin followed, each step requiring sanding and detailing. The material is non-toxic, weather-resistant, non-slip, and nice to look at. Finally we drew and painted the labyrinth pattern, using the same kind of acrylic resin, of a contrasting color. It should last at least 10 years. (However, the building is now slated to be torn down and a 40-story tower built in its place. Bye, bye, labyrinth.)

Photo of Robert Ferre working on AllDeck labyrinth.

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Photo of lunations being painted.

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Photo of complete AllDeck labyrinth.

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