“High Park Labyrinth walk with Bobby Valen. Sunshine and mindfulness on my birthday this year.” – Chris Schroer – High Park Labyrinth – Toronto

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“ตัวป่วน แจกยิ้ม” – Phunthipa – Christie Pits Park Labyrinth – Toronto

ตัวป่วน แจกยิ้ม 🤗

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“Midweek regenerative Labyrinth walk” – Robert Wakulat – Christie Pits Park Labyrinth – Toronto

Midweek regenerative lab walk with @jesseelders

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“Labyrinth in Christie Pits Park” – J. Guerrero – Christie Pits Park Labyrinth – Toronto

Deeply Appreciative of J Guerrero for creating this Drone Photograph of the Labyrinth I painted in the Wading Pool in the middle of Christie Pits Park in Toronto.

I may have imagined how it might look like from above, yet this photograph reveals so much and is so much more than I had ever seen in my mind’s eye!

Wonderful!

Thank you J. Guerrero!

Bonus Drone Photograph…

The round circle of bricks beside the basketball courts was my Original Labyrinth I painted in Christie Pits Park before painting the Wading Pool Labyrinth seen in the first Instagram image above.

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“When you stumble upon a Labyrinth on your walk to school! We LOVE these!” — EcoVeganFamily – Clark Park, Vancouver

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bohemian.wu – Chalk Labyrinth – Robson Square – Downtown Vancouver

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“Are we lost?” – Chalk Labyrinth – Robson Square – Downtown Vancouver

Are we lost?

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“L♥️VE IS THE ANSWER” – Chalk Labyrinth – Robson Square – Downtown Vancouver

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hanyuyh – Chalk Labyrinth – Robson Square – Downtown Vancouver

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CBC The Current – “Fun and games: Why we should take time to play”

In a world of juggling emails, texts and social media, the rise of stress and anxiety seems to be by-products of our non-stop, connected world. How to combat the effects?

Enter the world of games and play.

Ian Bogost, Georgia Institute of Technology professor and author of Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games, tells The Current‘s Anna Maria Tremonti how boredom plays a role in fun.

“In boredom there’s a sense that you’ve expended the obvious capacities of your situation.”

Bogost says that boredom gives you two choices. One is to seek something else out. And the other is to pay attention to boredom as new terrain and go deeper.

He sees boredom as necessary to pursue fun and says the experience of play is richest when you approach it with questions like, “What else is possible and how can I kind of collaborate with this object?”

This edition of The Current caught my attention. The Labyrinths I have been making in recent years have more to do with Fun and Play than Reflection or Meditation.

There is much overlap with Ian Bogost’s point of view about Fun and Games, and my decision to create chalk or painted Labyrinths in Public Spaces where Children are usually found, like playgrounds.

This interview helped explain a number of behaviours I have observed in people walking my Labyrinths, providing vocabulary which until now had remained elusive.

Cool. I’ll now have to go read his book.

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“Toronto continues to baffle me…” – Annabelle Jessop

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“When you come across a Giant Chalk Labyrinth on your morning adventure…” – Jen Kossowan – Olympic Village Square – Vancouver

When you come across a giant chalk labyrinth on your morning adventure… 🙌🏼

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“A wading pool has got to be the last place I’d expect to find a Labyrinth!” – Annabelle Jessop – Christie Pits Park – Toronto

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“Just a couple of dudes trying to escape the Labyrinth at our park.” – Earlscourt Park Wading Pool – Toronto

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“Public Art – Colour Their World – Wading Pool Murals Aim To Inspire Wee Ones” – By Tatum Dooley – Spacing Magazine, Summer 2017, Page 17

‘…The idea that murals add a colourful element that enhances parks was echoed by artist HiMY SYeD:

“Wading pools are only used for their intentional purpose a few hours out of the year.”‘

‘The Labyrinths that HiMY has painted on wading pools scattered throughout Toronto add an element of play for children whether there is water or not, increasing the hours they’re used. …’

Tatum Dooley, Spacing Magazine Summer 2017, Page 17

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