The Global Harmony Labyrinth

When we were first approached about doing a contemporary labyrinth for the sister cities of St. Paul and Nagasaki, we created a two-path labyrinth where the parties met in the center. Meanwhile, artist Cynthia McKeen, the wife of the architect on the project, developed a stylized logo of two hands holding a globe. Ultimately, it was decided that the logo would not just be a decoration in the center, but the entire labyrinth. So it was converted into paths.

Working with Robert on this project was Lisa Moriarty, a labyrinth builder living in the area (see along with her husband Dennis and several other local workers. We used our stencil technology, in which we mask off everything except the pattern, and then shoot it with polymer concrete. The lines, therefore, are concrete, not paint or stain, giving it much more durability, long life, and low maintenance.

The location is in Como Park, across the street from the Pavilion and within sight of the pedestrian bridge, not far from the beautiful glass conservatory. We faced a number of problems on this job, all of which we overcame beautifully. It really made me see our value as experienced labyrinth artists. Few people in the entire world could have done what we did. I decided on the spot to raise our prices for next year. Expertise of this kind has a commercial value, because it assures an excellent end product.

Here is the labyrinth on dedication day.

ere is the labyrinth masked off and ready for the polymer concrete,

Here I am shooting the concrete with a hopper gun. It is strenuous back-breaking work. As I get older, it takes me about a week to recover from this kind of exertion.

The labyrinth design is 50 feet across, on a 60-foot circle of concrete. Here, with Lisa Moriarty and myself detailing, some of the pattern is visible.





Cleaning off the labyrinth before applying the sealer.