Accessibility, local materials, Armistice Day history and astronomy are the key elements of the new site-specific Tumut Community Labyrinth for Peace.
Designed by Hector Abrahams Architects (HAA), the Tumut project located at the Rotary Pioneer Park in NSW’s Riverina region is currently under construction.
“This will be the most accessible labyrinth in Australia in terms of location, turns and width, and materials and surfaces,” said Hector Abrahams.
The labyrinth has pathways wide enough for two or three people, including individuals in wheelchairs or prams.
“This approach is unique because traditionally labyrinths are based on an individual’s journey,” explained Commemorative Specialist Darren Mitchell.
Inlaid local stones mirror the position of the planets as they appeared in the southern sky on 11 November 1918, the First World War Armistice, connecting the labyrinth in a local way to a moment in history shared around the world.
The octagon-shaped space follows the traditional pattern of labyrinths, with a single entrance and winding path that leads to a central place of contemplation. The main path is made of locally quarried Wee Jasper stone edged with pavers made with gravel, referencing the geology of the local area, and the nearby river.
Along the outer edge, three way stations provide places of rest, gathering places for reflection and educational opportunities for school or tour groups. They will feature interpretive panels and inscriptions about Tumut’s history, people and geography.
Completion of the labyrinth is due in 2017.