Tuesday, November 25, 2014
I took a walk today up to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It was a beautiful fall day, cold enough that I needed my coat, gloves and scarf, but not too cold and no snow or ice underfoot. And the sky was blue. I walked up to the museum to walk the labyrinth, a fairly new installation on the grounds. A labyrinth is a "unicursal maze" -- which means there is only one path. One path into the center and the same path out. They are found all over the world, in every culture and faith, since ancient times. They hold this powerful spiritual message that one needs to just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Just keep going forward. One can NOT get lost. There is no wrong way to turn. Some labyrinths are marble mosaics on cathedral floors. Other's are created by hedges or stones on church properities. But the Nelson's labyrinth is all transparent glass. And walking through it is VERY disorienting. I entered the labyrinth...took a turn...took another turn and bumped into a glass wall...turned the other way...and felt completely overwhelmed. And dizzy. I'd only gone about ten feet! I slowly made my way out of the labyrinth. It's a cool idea. I applaud the artist. But it's not for me. I'll just keep walking in the real world.