Theseus, the mythical Greek king, entered a labyrinth to slay its monstrous guardian, the Minotaur. Today’s labyrinth dwellers have something more peaceful in mind.
Homeowners from Los Angeles to the Hamptons are building long, walled, maze-like walking paths on their property, in hopes of nothing more than a beautiful, relaxing place to walk, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Ruth Ann Harnisch, the CEO of investment firm Peconic Partners, built an 86-foot tripartite walking path on her Hamptons property, with 18 looping turns and a 300-foot wall around the edges. The labyrinth took two years to building and required 5,000 square feet of stone.
Harnisch’s cost more because it was part a larger landscape architecture project, but the average labyrinth – if there is such a thing – starts at around $40,000.
There are 3,740 labyrinths total in the U.S., according to Lauren Artress, author of “Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice.” [WSJ] – Ariel Stulberg