St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
St. Stephens Episcopal church wanted to create a space for meditative walks through a labyrinth. A labyrinth isn’t a maze. It has a single circuitous path that leads into its center, and that then leads you back out into the world. St. Stephen’s labyrinth is a variation on the “classical labyrinth,” of the kind that could be found throughout the ancient world and dates back at least 3,500 years. The design of these labyrinths evolved out of the spiral unfolding of natural things – think fiddle heads on ferns or shoots unfurling from seeds. Their labyrinth is appropriate for their space, with its plants and windows that look out on the natural world.
To create the labyrinth, our flooring team chose Armstrong Standard Excelon VCT tiles in 9 different colors. We then collaborated with our friends at Creative Edge in Fairfield, Iowa to create custom shapes in the tile using their waterjet cutting services. Once the tiles were cut to shape, our skilled flooring installers fit them together like puzzle pieces to create the final design.
If you’d like to see the labyrinth in person, St. Stephen’s is now hosting weekly labyrinth walks for parishioners and the wider community.