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Permanent Labyrinths

First United Methodist Church, Ventura, California

by | Sep 28, 2018 | Labyrinths

In March, 2006 we built a full sized Veriditas variation of the Chartres Labyrinth at the FUM Church in Ventura. Robert Ferre, David and Kathy Ferre, John Ridder, and Chuck Hunner all worked on making this labyrinth.

One of my favorite parts of this project was the bell tower. It was reached by a 25 foot long ladder that would bounce and swing back and forth as you climbed it. The first few times I went up were a real adventure! It was worth it because every day I got to take ‘aerial’ views of our progress.

This is the view from the edge of the bell tower on our first day. That is Robert standing at the center of our layout. We used blue painters masking tape to lay this one out.

Sawing from right to left. Small Makita saw in my right hand. Long gray tube to the left from our vacuum cleaner to capture some of the concrete dust that comes with scoring concrete.

Detail picture of the lunations after they’ve been scored. We still have to cut the ends of the teeth in this picture. 

An image of David Ferre detailing one of the teeth. You can see that the flat end of the tooth has been cut in this image. We ‘detail’ our cuts and coloring to make the pattern as clean and clear as possible.

Next image shows us most of the way through the scoring. Scored lines are the lighter colored lines. 

Bell tower view of the pattern. We are close to finished coloring. The church chose to have a subtle color for their lines. I personally prefer lots of contrast between the lines and path. It lends clarity to my walks.

This is what the pattern looks like when it is wet or sealed! Despite the low contrast between line and path color, the path is clear. We had plenty of rain on this trip. 

Click on the image to go to this image on their Facebook page.

Google Maps link for high aerial image of the labyrinth. Not a great image but you can see how the labyrinth fits in their courtyard.

 We’re always happy to answer any questions.

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