"What we regretted was the successive additions to this area, and we asked ourselves just how far would this go? With the Project of the Grotto, the Heart of Lourdes, from the exit of the Rosary esplanade to the Grotto, one will pass through a wooded area. In this area, with the removal of the taps and the distributors, opportunities for distraction will be diminished and the sense of pilgrimage will be encouraged."
The wooded area is the new sequence of approach to the Grotto. It is a place of inner preparation, of waiting and flow management before discovering the heart of Lourdes. A succession of trees emerge from the existing earth. They create a cool shaded canopy of vegetation, a soft filtered light.