By Ernest Disney-Britton
|Present day Labyrinth was reconstructed in 1941|
Today, visitors from all over the world come to experience the town's legacy of spiritual and artistic endeavors spanning over 200 years. We will tour gardens, historic churches, labyrinths and restored Harmonists houses that bring a sense of tranquility. Modern architectural works also reflect these ideals of harmony and spirituality in contemporary society. In 1960, architect Philip Johnson designed the Roofless Church, featuring a dome in the shape of an inverted rosebud. Across the street is Tillich Park, set in a pine grove and dedicated to theologian Paul Tillich. Then there is the Atheneum, another architectural cornerstone of modern New Harmony. Designed by Richard Meier in 1979, and named after Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and the arts.
A more recent addition is the Cathedral Labyrinth and Sacred Garden. Another is the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, a 2,000 square foot area which holds exhibits of Midwestern artists including Quincy Owens, whose studio we visited with you in July. The spirit of Utopia continues to thrive in this town designed for quiet contemplation and spiritual renewal.