Titia Frieling en Els Scholtes, Labyrint (Since 2007)
Labyrinths are charged with symbolic and religious meanings, connected with birth and transformation.
The Stichting Bosland itself designed a labyrinth for one parcel of woodland. The shape of the labyrinth in Museumbos was directly derived from the classical labyrinth as depicted, for instance, on the Hollywood Stone (c. 550 BC.) that was discovered in Ireland.
The woodland labyrinth will be composed of low banks and shallow ditches, with a footpath following the banks. This path will be lined with hornbeams, planted at intervals of three metres and a half, the distance between the trees that line the avenues of the old country estates in Gelderland. The straight, powerful trunks of the hornbeams will remain branchless for the first three metres, but above that, their crowns will meet and join. About twenty-five years after planting, they will form a roof of dense foliage.
The path will be more than one kilometre long. A person walking all the way to the centre of the labyrinth and back again will have covered a distance of three kilometres, on just one hectare of land. Thanks to the unique atmosphere that will be created by the labyrinth and the foliage, walking this path will offer a meditative experience. In the spring of 2007, work will be started on the banks and ditches.
Labyrint (Labyrinth, construction due to start in 2007)