The Cathedral of Thorns

The Cathedral of Thorns is a full building-sized illuminated labyrinth on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. Visitors are invited to walk through its corridors and experience an artistic journey through a troublesome history toward a bright future; both sides are represented by the hostile yet beautiful thorns. To raise consciousness of the similarities between religions, the design includes symbols of today's world religions and ancient nature-based religions. The walls have niches containing objects of contemporary art by guest artists, expressing mankind's ability to change, share and collaborate through creativity. In addition, the labyrinth also functions as a stage for performances. The Cathedral of Thorns was designed by Herman van Bergen, winner of the International Sculpture Award, 2023 and the prestigious Cola Debrot Award in 2016, and was constructed by unemployed youth. This work of art (in progress) unites all themes of Van Bergen's previous thorn-art sculptures into one expansive project: a building honoring Mother Nature and the Free Spirit that achieves change through creativity.


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Cathedral By Night on Friday, June 7th

Cathedral of Thorns

Dear Friends of the Cathedral of Thorns,

You are warmly invited to Cathedral By Night on Friday, June 7th, from 7 PM to 9 PM. Enjoy the enchanting atmosphere and the illuminated cathedral.

Tickets are available for NAF 15 at the following locations:
The Zumpiña Shop (next to Restaurant Number TEN)
Landhuis Bloemhof (from 9 AM to 2 PM)
Bookstore Mensing’s Caminada

See you then!

For more information, contact us via WhatsApp at +5999 526 6349

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We are building this Cathedral of Thorns with the help of many companies.