“New paint on the labyrinth :)” – Strathcona Linear Park – Hawkes Avenue – East Vancouver

The Labyrinth I recently Re-painted in East Vancouver.

The Labyrinth Maker’s house is in the background. He painted it white.

I did not know anything about the Labyrinth nor its Maker until he walked out of his house and said hello while I was repainting.

His name is Jerry. A grandfather, who for several years now, with help from a grandkid of his has annually repainted this Labyrinth with white paint.

He hadn’t yet gotten around to doing that this year.

He was happy that I had taken it upon myself to Re-paint the fading white design lines.

Strathcona Linear Park is a 1970s consequence of the City of Vancouver tearing down three houses in a north-south direction on Hawkes Avenue, in anticipation of the never-completed Project 200 Freeway.

Eventually, Jerry got tired of seeing this patch of paved grey in Linear Greenspace beside his house, and he painted his Labyrinth.

His chosen design comes from the Canvas Labyrinth belonging to Christchurch Cathedral in Downtown Vancouver.

Jerry, seem uncomfortable whenever I said it was his Labyrinth. He said it belonged to everyone.

Including me, the Labyrinth Maker from Toronto who took it upon himself to repaint it . . .

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    Labyrinths are made on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples –

    Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),

    Stó:lō and

    Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)

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    the Kwantlen,

    the Katzie,

    the Semiahmoo

    and Tsawwassen First Nations.