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Labyrinth Lluminaire

8 May 05 words: Skinny Tinni
The city, a blanket of sparkling lights, is the perfect backdrop to the magical path of light provided by this installation

Labrynth at Nottingham Castle - Photo by Skinni Tinni

It is an experience in itself to visit Nottingham Castle after dark, a reason why the “Labyrinth Lluminaire” is such a pleasure to see. The city, a blanket of sparkling lights from the vantage point of the courtyard outside of the Castle’s main exit, is the perfect backdrop to the magical path of light provided by this art installation.

The labyrinth, a part of the Nottdance 2005 dance festival, is only visible after sunset. It is a circular design, similar to a Celtic knot. Visitors are encouraged to follow the path of light from the outside of the circle, twisting around until they reach the centre. The path forces the walker to vary their speed, caused by the differing lengths and sharp bends forming its intricate shape. This means those inside the labyrinth are part of a dance, providing their own choreography.

Labrynth at Nottingham Castle - Photo by Skinni Tinni

The experience is very different to exploring a maze. A labyrinth has only a single path, leading to the centre. The same path must be followed to leave. In many ways it is an enlightening experience, the mind concentrates on following the path rather than finding the way. This, coupled with the symbolic shape of the labyrinth, often found decorating bibles, and the fact that it is a path of light makes it a highly spiritual piece of work.

Labrynth at Nottingham Castle - Photo by Skinni Tinni

This installation allows the visitor to appreciate the fabulous grounds of Nottingham Castle in an entirely unique way. It is very apt, therefore, that it was included in this year’s festival – the theme of which is ‘There’s no place like home’.

The Labyrinth was at Nottingham Castle from 6 - 8 May 2005




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