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The Labyrinth for Contemplation

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Labyrinth created as a memorial to the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Battery Park City
Public Art, Gathering Place

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Labyrinths, unlike mazes, consist of a single unobstructed path. They are not only a place of play, but are often also said to be a place for meditation and healing. In Jerusalem Grove, a grassy clearing in Battery Park surrounded by 11 cedar trees, is one such labyrinth - The Labyrinth for Contemplation.

A collaboration between Camino de Paz, the Battery Conservancy, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Labyrinth for Contemplation is a serene site of respectful remembrance for families and friends of victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

The path, with views of newly erected One World Trade Center, the glimmering Hudson River, the grassy Battery Park, and bustling West Street, provides visitors with an opportunity for to reflect and heal themselves.

Flowerbeds featuring artemisia, lavender, sage, and roses, which are known for healing properties, surround the Labyrinth....

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Nominations

Jean Ando, Nominated during the Asian American Art Alliances Locating the Sacred Festival

A classical 7-circuit labyrinth with a path of grass outlined in Belgian block, created as a memorial to the victims of 9/11. Even though it is in a busy place, once you enter the path there is a feeling of serenity and being removed from the world and its busyness. There are trees (a type of evergreen) all around. The center is large with enough space for several people to stand together. Most people dont know there is a labyrinth in the park and are surprised when I tell them about it. It is somewhat had to find as it is inside a fence.

(August 2012)


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