Created for Líthica’s 20th anniversary, the Mineral Labyrinth has come to symbolize the maze-like essence of the quarries, alongside the Plant labyrinth.
The Mineral Labyrinth was designed by Laetitia Lara (Paris 1957), with the participation of Nuria Román (Madrid, 1966) and Basile Ribas (Switzerland, 1988), and is based on the Minotaur’s labyrinth. It is square in shape with multiple pathways and a challenge to reach the centre; a personal challenge or in a group. It is a whimsical experience: people lose their way, find it again and find each other, mirroring the journey through life.
The Labyrinth is an artist’s conception of the quarries, turning them into land-art. The stones are sponsored by the general public and have been put together using traditional dry stone wall technique. The Labyrinth is a mirror image of the surrounding landscape, reversing the stone cutter’s work by returning the stones to the quarry (to the earth) that the earth gave in the first place, showing us a different approach.
The Labyrinth is located by the Totem, in the deepest part of the mechanical-extraction quarry. The stone giant watches over the geometrical lines of the maze, in the heart of which is a small pond full of water, water being the great treasure of our island.
Total surface area 800 sq m: