“Hockey or Labyrinth? Great use of public space at Strathcona Linear Park” – Vancouver

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“Theseus and The Minnowtaur” – Katie Brookoff Cartoons

I’d be fine getting lost in this maze.

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There is a simplexity to this drawing by Katie Brookoff.

Numerous Classic Labyrinths have been found along the shores of many islands, continents, seas and rivers.

At High Tide, the fish came in and may have swam up and into the Labyrinth.

As Low Tide gradually approached, any number of fish may have remained submerged in the inclined pockets of water within the lanes of the Labyrinth, yet without any direct watery way of escape.

People presumably returned at Low Tide, picked up their catch, went home and ate well that day.

There is a reasonable assumption that for thousands of years, these simple three and seven lane Classic Stone Labyrinths, created upon inclined slopes to the water, employing knowledge of tidal timings, were Humanity’s original sustainable fish farms.

I tend to agree with this hypothesis.

To illustrate this concept, here is a simple three lane classic Labyrinth that I made last week, upon the naturescaped Habitat Island in Vancouver’s False Creek, just opposite the location of where I recently completed the Vancouver Public Labyrinth.

Evidenced by the darker wet and lighter coloured dry stones in these images…

Tides in False Creek may rise and fall as much as 15 feet in one day!

Now, all we need is for False Creek to be clean enough again.

Who knows?

Maybe then we might catch a Minnowtaur or two!

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#fishtrap #labyrinth #trapped #mosaic #positano #italy

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“Went out for dinner and a stroll through False Creek…” – Demi Marlin – Vancouver Public Labyrinth

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“I took pictures of strangers sitting on a log…” – Cyrus Lin – Habitat Island – Vancouver Public Labyrinth

I took pictures of strangers sitting on a log…

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Vancouver Public Labyrinth – Elizabeth Perez – Habitat Island

About an hour after sunrise,

Under an overcast Vancouver sky,

This is what the Vancouver Public Labyrinth looks like…

#habitatisland #vancouver

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“Luna and Rio Frisky Frenchtons” – Carey Trains Me – False Creek Seawall – Vancouver Public Labyrinth

Carey, like numerous Dog Walkers or a few Pet Trainers, regularly bring their charges to the Vancouver Public Labyrinth.

Today it was Luna and Rio’s turn to visit the Labyrinth…

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“Impromptu maze” – Aron Bjornson – Green Masking Tape Labyrinth – Hinge Park – Olympic Village – Vancouver

Labyrinth I created in Vancouver’s Hinge Park upon the currently vacant public art cement podium using green masking tape finds this young one in the centre…

Cool!

Impromptu maze. #exploreyourbackyard #olympicvillage

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“All love.” – Julie Ratcliff – Chalk Labyrinth – Creekside Park – Vancouver

Mazes may have Minotaurs.

Labyrinths have Love.

I almost always place a Heart in or near the Centre of any Labyrinth I chalk or paint or make.

Including this one I chalked in-between Science World and Creekside Park along the False Creek Seawall in Vancouver…

All love. #loveisintheair #sidewalkchalk #springtimewalks #handinhand #vancity #yvr

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“Someone been drawing Labyrinths in chalk the last few weeks. It’s nice to end my walks by walking a Labyrinth. Thanks 👍🏾” – Auntie Esi – Chalk Labyrinth – Science World – Vancouver

You’re Very Welcome Auntie Esi!

Happy to hear that!

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“Lovely commute today!” – Cathleen Gingrich – Heart Chalk Labyrinth – Science World – Vancouver

I have been by this pocket square along the seawall south from Science World many times.

This location is almost impossible to not pass by and look at the view.

Perhaps two weeks ago, someone had outlined a giant heart using roses and stems. It was wonderful and instantly became a must-photograph destination spot.

The flowers wilted away, yet the stems remained in place. People still came, stood in the middle, and snapped a photo or few.

Walking by again a few days ago, I noticed the stems were bunched into a pile and the Heart outline was lost.

Rather than lose that heart outline forever, I pulled out some of the chalk I still had with me, and quickly chalked this Labyrinth.

I didn’t think too much of it.

Passing by since I chalked it, I’ve noticed children walking, rather, running this little Heart Chalk Labyrinth.

ANd now it’s on instagram too!

❤️ !

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“Spring in Vancouver. Ferryboats and baby geese.” – JD Kearlaw – Vancouver Public Labyrinth

Children never walk a Labyrinth, Children always run!

What’s true for Children is also true for Goslings…

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“An another “amazing” False Creek day.” – Craig Fulker – False Creek Seawall – Vancouver Public Labyrinth

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“HiMY has spent weeks working on this….” – Vancouver Public Labyrinth – Sam – The Village on False Creek

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“Geese in the rock maze” – David Laulainen – False Creek Seawall – Vancouver Public Labyrinth

Geese in the rock maze #honkhonk #falsecreekseawall #olympicvillage #canadagoose

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I made a quick maintenance visit to the Vancouver Public Labyrinth.

Found only a few stones were out of place and easily re-positioned them back into place.

While walking it this evening, I observed a higher than usual amount of goose poop along the path.

Now I know why!

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World Labyrinth Day 2018: Vancouver City of Labyrinths Project – Jane’s Walk

World Labyrinth Day 2018 – Vancouver City of Labyrinths Project – Jane’s Walk

Start Location : Abandoned Olympic Village LRT Station Platform, North end Olympic Village Canada Line Train Station Parking Lot.

When : Saturday May 5 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

This 90 minute Jane’s Walk will celebrate ” World Labyrinth Day ” and share why and how Vancouver is becoming a “City of Labyrinths”.

Walk includes visits to:

  • Spyglass Place Labyrinth
  • Recently completed “Vancouver Public Labyrinth” by False Creek
  • A small Labyrinth beside Olympic Village.

History, purpose, and benefits of Labyrinth Walking will be shared.

How Labyrinths can be both Fun as well as ‘Giant Outstallation Art‘.

We will explain how Labyrinths have been used in designing cities for thousands of years(!).

This walk will decode TOAD – Temporary Obsolete Abandoned Derelict – urban infrastructure and how Labyrinths are excellent examples of Urban Acupuncture, Tactical Urbanism and Placemaking.

Did you know Jane Jacobs herself was influenced by Labyrinths in her writings about cities?

Join this Jane’s Walk and you will learn how!

Time permitting: using chalk on paved open space, people will be instructed in how to make their own Labyrinths, which we will then enjoy walking into and out of.

A limited number of printed materials will be available on a first-come first-served basis as keepsakes of this Jane’s Walk.

Coinciding with Jane’s Walk weekend, The Labyrinth Society has declared the first Saturday in May, World Labyrinth Day. This Vancouver Jane’s Walk is one of a number of global events marking the day.

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