LEM-BYRINTH

The labyrinth has had its place in the culture since the Greek legends about the Minotaur - a man with a bull’s head. Minos, the king of Crete, locked the dangerous monster in a labyrinth constructed by Daedalus. Minos, having conquered the Athenians, ordered them to feed the Minotaur with 7 young men and virgins every 9 years. The Minotaur was eventually killed by Theseus, who got out of the labyrinth thanks to a thread given to him by Ariadne. The oldest specimen of a classic labyrinth comes from Greece; it was discovered on a plate from Pylos dated 1,200 BC.

In “The Dictionary of Myths and Traditions of Culture” Władysław Kopaliński defines labyrinth as “... an ancient construction of the deliberately complex layout of rooms, corridors and passages, from which an uninitiated person cannot find a way out”. This definition is not true for many labyrinths as since the ancient times labyrinths have had different forms, mostly symbolic. Usually, there are two ways from a labyrinth: one leads somewhere while the other takes you nowhere. One is the road of life, the second is the symbol of death.

A geometric labyrinth system in the Science Garden is among the most common classic forms. The geometry of the ways means that you are really dealing with two labyrinths, of meander-type in the western part and of the spiral type in the eastern part.

Looking for the right way in LEM-BYRINTH can take place at least on two planes. One of them is physical – natural for each labyrinth, while the other is linked more to spiritual sphere, with tips and observations of the great Polish writer and futurologist Stanisław Lem. Quotes from his works will accompany you during your walk through the LEM-BYRINTH.