Labyrinth as Myth, Metaphor and Model - Abstract

Jiyun Park
Meeting Alhambra, ISAMA-BRIDGES Conference Proceedings (2003)
Pages 587–588


The Labyrinth, or Dancing Floor, was constructed by the fIrst mythical architect, Daedalus, for Ariadne. Before the floor there was the dance, a dance of virgins upon the shore. Ariadne, according to Indras Kagis McEwen, knowing the dance of the "moving maze" spins a thread by the passage of "well-taught feet." This thread allows safe passage for Theseus from the labyrinth's duality or its minotaur, a half-god, half-bull. The ebbing shores where wind, water, earth and sky push, pull and rotate becoming measurable in the forming of the dancing floor embodies chaos.