A journey that seems inside the earth but which is under the sky, at the center of which is life, the ancient source represented by a shiny metal plate in the center of the spiral
Between myth, legend and tales that symbolizing the amorous skirmishes, certainly the story of Ariadne and Theseus is closely linked to the famous labyrinth.
An emblematic structure that has always symbolized the meeting of opposite elements, such as good and evil or life and death, traces of it can be found, as the field of these battles, from myth to Christianity up to the Baroque that introduces the multi-path labyrinth, a symbol of the man capable of experimenting, master of his own destiny.
In Sicily, a land of its strongly symbolic (think of Triscele, for example), for over twenty years there has been a full-blown labyrinth, within an artistic path en plain air.
We are talking about the work of land art Ariadne’s labyrinth, created by the Mantuan artist Italo Lanfredini in 1990, along the path of Antonio Presti’s Fiumara d’Arte, located in Castel di Lucio, in the Messina area.
Ariadne’s Labyrinth is the most expensive work among those of the Fiumara project, the last part of the path to reach the construction site is very steep, and this forced the cement mixers carrying the concrete to travel only with half load, effectively doubling the transport time and costs.
The sculpture, whose form is precisely the archetypal symbol, it is a physical path, but also an internal one, which is impossible not to go through everything once you enter.
The work is connected to the past, to classical culture, to birth, to the first teachings of life.
Through a natural passage one enters the labyrinth and exits the labyrinth, just as over time man has entered and left the scene. Whoever enters the labyrinth asks himself questions concerning his own existence, in a place and in an a-temporal dimension, in which it is impossible not to question oneself.
The labyrinth is reflection, it is spirituality that culminates in an aspiration to the high, to the sublime.
A journey that seems inside the earth but which is under the sky, at the center of which is life, the ancient source represented by a shiny metal plate in the center of the spiral, which brings us back to the theme of Mother Earth and the mystery of fertilization.
The labyrinth project was born in 1987 following the victory of a competition launched by the patron Antonio Presti, the creator of the Fiumare d’Arte project.
Upon arrival in the place that would host his work, Castel di Lucio, two things struck the artist Lanfredini: the labyrinthine streets of the town and the Greek culture that reigns in the Sicilian archaeological areas.
These two suggestions were the inspiring sources of the work that, a year later, was created.
The “Sicilian labyrinth”Is located on the top of a hill and, despite the concrete structure, is fully integrated into the landscape.
The entrance looks like a tall and narrow ogive and leads into a spiral path; its peculiarity is that, unlike the usual labyrinths, this one does not have bifurcations.
Basically there are no choices to make nor the possibility of getting lost: each visitor follows the path, with personal times, symbolically wrapping himself up to the center.
The personal goal of each one which obviously assumes personal meaning and which however finds form, in this case, in an olive tree, a natural example with a strong symbolism itself.
Ultimately the path itself is already a work of art within, in turn another work.
How to reach Ariadne’s Labyrinth
To reach it from Palermo, take the A19 motorway to the A20 exit (towards Messina), exit at Tusa and continue on the SP174 and SP176 up to Castel di Lucio. The Ariadne’s Labyrinth is always available (pandemic permitting).