‘Alien’ labyrinth filled with plants and LED lights is now open at Discovery Green – Houston Chronicle

May 6, 2022 by No Comments

Ten years ago, Reginald Adams says he couldn’t explain the difference between a labyrinth and a maze. That changed in 2014 when Adams signed onto Historic Freedmen’s Town Labyrinth project. He and a group of fellow artists were challenged with creating a labyrinth at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, a Texas Historical Commission marked site in Fourth Ward founded by previously enslaved families following their emancipation in 1865.

They were given tons of crushed granite and sand and roughly 2,000-square feet of working space.

A maze, Adams learned, is riddled with multiple dead-ends, cul-de-sacs, and tricks of the mind. “A labyrinth is one single, universal path,” he shares. “It’s a metaphor for life — your purpose is your center. As long as you stay on the path, you’ll get to the center. The same path that leads us in, leads us out.”

By his estimation, Adams has since created more than 100 labyrinths around the world. His latest installation, ‘Labyrinth’ at Discovery Green, recently opened to the public. And just in time for World Labyrinth Day on May 8.

“The location is the most unique, because it’s so accessible,” Adams says. “People don’t go to Discovery Green to walk a labyrinth. This is smack dab in your face. The best labyrinth is a used one.”

‘Labyrinth’ at Discovery Green

When: now through June 30

Where: Sarofim Picnic Lawn at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney

Details: free, discoverygreen.com/labyrinth

‘Labyrinth,’ located on the Sarofim Picnic Lawn, is a three-circuit triune; three pathways lead to and from its center. Over a one-week period leading up to Earth Day on April 22, 350 Houston children and adults each painted a recycled cinder-block, ‘Labyrinth’s’ primary material. Adams later filled the cinder-blocks’ concrete holes with potting soil, perennial flowers and LED lights.

“They illuminate the path after sunset,” he explains. “At night it looks like this beautiful alien implanted installation on Earth. I have a friend who lives in the high rise across the street and I just happened to come over and see it.”

Adams knows of labyrinth enthusiasts who travel across the globe to experience different ones. Navigating the winding passages can be a form of meditation or prayer. As a Wyoming-native who’s called Houston home for the past 30 years, he’s proud to introduce such a structure into one of Bayou City’s most well-attended parks.

“The labyrinth has been taken me all over the world and now I’ve had the opportunity to bring a sacred space that transforms the environment into a cultural destination,” he says.

Adams describes himself as a little kid who loved to draw and never grew up. Some of his earliest memories are of selling drawings of a friend in kindergarten for a quarter.

“Those minor moments are valuable for artists. I had people buying my work early. That taught me there’s value to this thing,” he recalls. “I’m thankful for a really supportive family. I always knew I had support around my art work and creativity.”

Adams knew he wasn’t meant for a traditional path. Pursuing a traditional four-year college degree …….

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