The Community Labyrinth
A labyrinth is an ancient and mysterious pattern that is representative of one’s journey in life. Unlike a maze where you encounter a wrong turn or a dead end, the labyrinth has one way in, leading to the center, and one way out. You can never get lost in a labyrinth… the idea is to “find” something! The labyrinth pattern is known to be thousands of years old, dating back to Greek mythology. The traditional 11 circuit labyrinth, found on the floor of the medieval Chartres Cathedral in France, is probably the most famous. The seven circuit pattern is also traditional and a perfect fit for the Michener lot.
Walking a labyrinth can be a meditative experience… staying on the winding path, sometimes moving toward the center, then away from it again, eventually leading to the center.
The community will continue to maintain the labyrinth with volunteers. To volunteer or contribute, contact JoAnn Maroney.
Outdoor Sculpture Garden
Even before entering the front doors to the James A. Michener Art Museum, you have the opportunity to engage with the art and explore magnificent sculpture on the grounds in front of the building. Here, works by Isaac Witkin, Greg Wyatt, Raymond Granville Barger, George Anthonisen, and others give visitors a sense of what’s to come inside the building. You will also encounter an installation based on a cell from the old Bucks County Jail, helping to tell the story of how the old stone-walled prison came to be a major Bucks County cultural institution and attraction.
The installations in the Outdoor Sculpture Gardens are sponsored by Silverman Family Partnerships.
Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden
Visitors can enjoy lunch and reflect in the Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden, where the old stone prison wall is juxtaposed against the contemporary award-winning contemporary Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion. Sculpture can be seen throughout the garden.