The Tumut Community Labyrinth is coming along on time, and Tumut Rotary Club President Steven Jenkins wanted to share the following information with the community:
“As the skilled landscapers complete the final stages of the Tumut Community Labyrinth in Rotary Pioneer Park, we can consider what makes this gift from the Blakeney-Millar Foundation so special and different from other labyrinths.
The design by Hector Abrahams Architects is based on several distinguishing key elements.
The first is accessibility. The dimensions, surface and location have been selected to allow all members of the community and visitors ready access to the labyrinth. The stone surface has been laid to make the path wide enough for wheelchairs and people walking in pairs. To accommodate the wider than usual path, the labyrinth is one of the largest, if not the largest, in Australia.
While other labyrinths have been built in hospitals and other institutions, the Rotary Pioneer Park location will allow access by all residents and visitors and add another dimension to this popular area.
The labyrinth also uses unique materials. While many labyrinths have a simple grassed, gravel or concrete surface, our labyrinth is constructed from Wee Jasper stone and edged with local washed river pebbles cast in concrete pavers.
The stonework is also extended to three stations on the outside edge providing places for rest and reflection.
The third key element of the Tumut labyrinth is its focus on history. It has many traditional features such as the octagonal shape as it is based on the design in the cathedral in Reims, France.
However, it also has a number of additional features. These features include inlaid stones representing the positions of the planets in the southern sky on Armistice Day in 1918. This provides a local connection with an important historical event and those who have served our community.
The stations around the labyrinth will also feature interpretive panels and inscriptions relating to Tumut’s history and people. The main objective of the labyrinth is to provide an opportunity for reflection and meditation, which differs from a maze designed to confuse us.
However, there could be other uses and some creative thought will allow it to be used for other purposes by various groups such as schools and community organisations.
The Blakeney-Millar Foundation has given us a great asset. It is now up to us to make the best use of it.”