Easter Labyrinths in Amsterdam
For the second year in a row, my wife and I accepted the invitation of our friend, Willimijn to come to Amsterdam for the . This time, however, she gave us the task of helping her create a labyrinth in the chapel of their Christian community – Oudezijds 100 which is in the heart of the red-light district.
So, aftermidnight we entered the chapel and created a double spiral labyrinth out of white rope lights, finishing about 2am. It was a fun surprise for the community the following morning. Since its creation in 1977, the room has been begging for a labyrinth. The brown brick floor has a circular design that brings a focus to the center of the room. And of course we made that spot the center point of the labyrinth. The beautiful thing about this design (that few people notice) is that the concentric circle design extends outside of the walls of the community onto the sidewalk of the red-light district….creating an amazing metaphor of the purpose of this ecumenical Christian community of over 50 years.
Since we had already developed a small network of Dutch friends who we knew liked to do crazy art projects, we decided to bring our new blue LED lights and do some guerrilla labyrinths in some of Amsterdam’s large grassy parks.
On Sunday night we christened the new lights with a labyrinth in the Museumplein, the large grassy area between the RijksMuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the famous music hall, the Concertgebouw. Since the lights had never been unrolled from their spools, they were a bit unruly and curly. The electronics worked as planned but the unpredictable weather was not cooperating…..4C with a windchill of -3. However, we (our group of 8) managed to wrestle the ropes to the ground and several people, plus 2 dogs, came by to visit our rather unavoidable shining blue lights.
The following night we went to Amsterdam’s Westerpark (along with Willemijn, Geerard and Daan) and laid out another design with the blue lights. This time it was the ancient Cretan design.