HiMY SYeD Painting – Heart Labyrinth – Baldwin and Augusta Intersection – Kensington Market – Downtown Toronto

That’s me (re)painting the Heart Labyrinth in the middle of the Baldwin & Augusta “T” Intersection during Pedestrian Sunday Kensington Market . . .

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“Dá vontade de largar tudo e mudar pra Vancouver.” – Labyrinth Pier – False Creek Seawall – Vancouver

Bike tour along the Seawall makes a stop atop Labyrinth Pier Vancouver . . .

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Dá vontade de largar tudo e mudar pra Vancouver.

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“There’s one entrance and one exit and arbitrary milestones in between.” – Labyrinth – Augusta Avenue at Denison Square – Kensington Market – Downtown Toronto

“They say life is a race, but actually it’s a maze.

There’s one entrance and one exit and arbitrary milestones in between.

Some take longer, winding roads and some have straight clear paths.

It’s important to understand that life is incredibly complex like the maze and each one has their own unique journey to take.

We should learn to live with empathy and not compare.”

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“Unkie Dunkie killin it at tag!” – Wading Pool Labyrinth – Christie Pits Park – Toronto

Children never walk a Labyrinth, Children always Run !

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“I love this fresky market 💕” – Labyrinths – Augusta Avenue – Kensington Market – Downtown Toronto

North end of Augusta Avenue disallows parking on both sides of the street;

Yielding a year-round full-width car-free canvas for my Labyrinths and the people who walk them . . .

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I love this fresky market 💕

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“삶은 무엇을 손에 쥐고 있는가가 아니라…” – Labyrinth – Augusta Avenue at Denison Square – Kensington Market – Downtown Toronto

Look closely and you can see the outer lanes of this Labyrinth are incomplete and open.

This image was captured before I finished painting the Labyrinth.

I stepped back out of view of the camera while this photograph was taken.

I almost never see such photos appear online.

Yet, this time I did, as I vaguely remember this moment . . .

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Weathered yet Walkable . . . – Labyrinth Pier – Granville Island – Vancouver

Two of the original four Labyrinths I painted to create Labyrinth Pier have weathered yet remain visible enough to walk . . .

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“Today I went for a walk in my neighbourhood and ran into HiMY SYeD painting his newest Labyrinth…” – Wading Pool – Budapest Park – Sunnyside – Toronto

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“Hearts” – Labyrinth – Baldwin and Augusta Intersection – Kensington Market – Downtown Toronto

That’s me painting the Heart Labyrinth in the middle of the Baldwin and Augusta Avenue Intersection in Kensington Market during the previous Pedestrian Sunday . . .

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“Blue building with green markings…” – Labyrinth – Augusta Avenue at Denison Square – Kensington Market – Downtown Toronto

In Greek mythology, Icarus (the Latin spelling, conventionally adopted in English; Ancient Greek: Ἴκαρος, Íkaros, Etruscan: Vikare) is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, the creator of the Labyrinth.

In Downtown Toronto, Kid Icarus is a Storefront in Kensington Market full of local handmade goods.

I had intentionally chosen to paint this Labyrinth in front of the Kid Icarus Storefront due to the connection with its namesake’s Labyrinth Maker father, Daedalus.

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“Toronto is full of Labyrinths (these ones are in the west end) 🌀🌳…” – Toronto City of Labyrinths

“Toronto is full of Labyrinths (these ones are in the west end) 🌀🌳 and they’ve been a healing tool for me and so many others throughout the world over centuries.

A Labyrinth is a metaphor for spiralling into Self,

It’s a ritual we use in Qoya to help us remember that everything is within.”

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“🐶” – Labyrinth – Wading Pool – Randy Padmore Park – Downtown Toronto

This is the 15 Lane quintile ( five section ) Labyrinth I painted in the wading pool in Randy Padmore Park in Downtown Toronto.

I re-imagined the entire process of how I make my Labyrinths, thus allowing me to create 15 Lanes in a space where previously I might only make an 11 Lane design.

I’m very happy with how it turned out.

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“UNDER CONSTRUCTION 🚧” – Heart Labyrinth – Baldwin and Augusta Intersection – Kensington Market – Downtown Toronto

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“Street Art Welcoming Pedestrians to Kensington Market in Toronto” – Labyrinths – Augusta Avenue

Squint closely and you might spot me sporting my blue Labyrinth shirt while painting the farthest most Labyrinth in this image . . .

Looking north on Augusta Avenue showing two of the four Labyrinths I painted here . . .

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“Street Love | Unconventional Urban Beauty” – Labyrinth – Kensington Avenue – Kensington Market – Downtown Toronto

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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)

    and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

    Labyrinths are made in traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of

    the Kwantlen,

    the Katzie,

    the Semiahmoo

    and Tsawwassen First Nations.