Artist: Roger Leitner
Dates: b.1946, McCook, NE
Materials: Sandstone and granite
Dimensions: 42′ diameter
About Chartres Labyrinth
This is a recreation of the 13th century Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth in France. Roger Leitner specified this rendition with Colorado sandstone and granite. The laser cut stone pattern enables for a precision fit without the process of grouting. The Chartres Labyrinthhas four quadrants, marking each quarter of the year. The twelve concentric circles represent each astrological lunation with a rosette in the center. The invisible thirteen-pointed star connects the outer lunations with the center. Walking in a singular path, visitors will make thirty-four turns before reaching the center. Replicating the original forty-two foot diameter in the cathedral required at least 4,800 square feet. This is an extraordinary accomplishment for an indoor space.
Roger Leitner has worked and designed with stone since 1997. For thirty years prior to that, he enjoyed a career in construction management. Roger has overseen at least one million square feet of commercial building space in Chicago, Omaha, and Denver.