Victor’s Way was designed as a contemplation (or meditation) space for adults between the approx. ages of 28 and 65 who feel the need to take some quality time out for R&R&R (i.e. rest, recovery & spiritual reorientation) in order to find a way out of the mid-life life (purpose transition) crisis.
The garden contains 9 major black granite sculpture each one manifesting one life phase transition screw-up. There are also 35 minor sculptures. The sheer size and magnificence of the sculptures also help the mindful visitor reactivate his or her early life capacity for wonder and awe and, of course, exhilaration.
Victor’s Way took 25 years to complete so far. All the sculptures were designed in Roundwood and then hand cut in a dedicated workshop in Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu in India by the artists T. Baskaran and D.V. Murugan.
Victor’s Way is not suitable for children! It is not!!! a fun park for families.
Victor’s Way is a place/way for solitary adults seeking the joy, first of experiencing then of creatively developing his or her basic life function that enacts one unique variation (i.e. as local app.) of the awesome universal creation procedure that manifests as the natural world (= GOD).
Ideally, chatty companions, children and dogs, all of which disrupt the serenity of the contemplative ambience, should not be brought. Here the distraction of mobile phones (save for photography) is a no-no. Ideally the intentionally mindful visitor should walk alone, slow down to half speed and therefore experience twice as much. Ideally the visitor uses the benches and forest recliners provided and absorbs into his or her inner world and/or the serene forest atmosphere, thereby encouraged to contemplate the wider canvas of life and his or her creative role in it.
The garden covers some 20 acres. The forest path is about 2kms long. It takes about 1 hour to get around. There are several unsecured ponds, meaning that extreme care should be taken if accompanied by children. Unless the weather is perfect, wearing outdoor clothes and watertight shoes is a must. You visit Victor’s Way at your own risk.
The admission fee, €10.- per adult (children go in free), helps defray the running costs of the garden. The fee also crowd-funds the 3 major sculptures currently being carved (and costing about €80.000) as well as keeping me in cheap cigars.