Sister Kathleen Burke came to France and Germany with us on one of our pilgrimages. She returned home dedicated to getting a labyrinth on the campus of Ursuline College, where she lived and taught. Ultimately, it came to pass.

The best cost-to-value for permanent labyrinths is concrete. The pattern can be put onto or into the concrete in a number of ways, including painting it on the surface with a special acrylic resin guaranteed to last for 10 years. That's what we did. I drew the pattern and painted most of it, with some help from volunteers.

Top photo: Painting with special acrylic resin that shrinks by 50% when drying and is extremely thin. Yet, it's surprisingly durable.

Lower photo: It's hard to take a photo of a labyrinth at ground level, but the landscaping shows pretty well.

Ultimately, to improve the look of the concrete, they decided to paint the paths as well. I have not seen the labyrinth since then. It is approaching 10 years of age, so the resin may now be fading. When making the labyrinth, 10 years seems like a lot. But it comes around surprisingly fast. Our polymer concrete and granite resin technologies are far more durable and more appropriate for institutions that want low maintenance and longevity.



Photo of Robert and a volunteer painting the labyrinth.



Photo of labyrinth and landscaping.