Waite Arboretum Labyrinth
The Waite Arboretum Labyrinth was created to be an aesthetically pleasing element linking the Urrbrae House Gardens and the Arboretum. The Labyrinth provides a beautiful, tranquil setting for contemplative walking – but feel free to run, skip or dance it!
The Labyrinth is located on the original site of Peter Waite’s tennis courts, overlooked from the Rose Garden with a wonderful view towards the Arboretum.
The lines of the labyrinth are formed with 921 timber rounds mostly recycled from Arboretum trees and the paths are sawdust. The whole installation is intended to be ephemeral or renewable and sit softly on the landscape.
Dr Jennifer Gardner, the former Curator of the Waite Arboretum, personally designed and constructed this labyrinth, completing it in
All rounds used in the Labyrinth were collected from dead trees or fallen branches. It is a
Labyrinths are thought to date back 20,000 years and occur across continents and cultures in many different designs and materials. The pattern in the Waite Labyrinth was based on an ancient Finnish 9–circuit stone labyrinth.
Labyrinths have also long been recognised for their health benefits, promoting a calm mind and a place for mediation.
In colloquial English,
Both the Latin
In contemporary usage, however, labyrinths and mazes are distinguished as follows:
|One simple continuous path (unicursal) to the centre and out again, no dead ends.||A puzzle, confounding pathways with branching paths and dead ends.|
|The centre or ‘goal’ visible at all times.||The centre or ‘goal’ hidden until you reach it.|
|Usually 2-dimensional or with very low divisional lines.||
3-dimensional, dividing lines tall enough to obscure the goal.
||Divisional lines made of hedges, vertical fabric partitions, masonry etc.|