It’s been five years since a plant made labyrinth stands in Los Alamos, San Rafael province of Mendoza. With walls made of bushes, it was built in honor of Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges.
Randoll Coate, who is the biggest specialist in symbolic labyrinths in the world, made the design. Coate, of British nationality, thought that the best way to pay homage to Borges would be by creating a labyrinth. “Labyrinth” is a word that has a special significance in Borges’ work. To create the one in Mendoza, Coate took inspiration in the tale “The Garden of Forking Paths”.
Borges’ Labyrinth in San Rafael, Mendoza
In Borges’ vision of the world, the labyrinth is a representation of human nature, it both shows man’s fear of getting lost and an image of hope, because each labyrinth has a design and a logic of its own: getting lost to find the way out.
This year was the 25th anniversary of Borges’ death and another labyrinth was built in his honor, also designed by Coate, this time in Venice.
Borges’ Labyrinth in Venecia