“Labyrinth being painted on the wading pool in Withrow Park. Join us Saturday at 10:30 to celebrate the opening!” – Paula Fletcher

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“Perhaps Toronto’s least thought out Labyrinth location. We’ve come a long way.” – Shawn Micallef

Perhaps Toronto's least thought out labyrinth location - We've come a long way twitter-com-shawnmicallef-status-490351523222675456

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“The Labyrinth of Qur’an…” — By Mohamed Mehdi Aourir

“This project emphasizes once again on the power of calligraphy and its crucial role in Islamic art. I though the first project (ALLAH calligraphy) was not enough to explore the rich universe Islamic calligraphy has to offer.

“For this project, I mixed calligraphy with the lecture about Qur’an (by using Surat Al-Fatiha) and that about interpretations…

“In fact, for this project, I created a labyrinth out of the first Surah in the Qur’an (Surat Al-Fatiha) by using a very unique type of calligraphy.”

“The reason why I mention interpretation is that the way the Surah was represented is full of meanings. I believe the Qur’an is a very powerful work of art where the readers get lost, just like Alice did in the wonderland…

“In fact, this sheds the light on the importance of interpretations and ijtihad in Islam since once ayah in the Qur’an can have many meanings. Getting lost in the Labyrinth and finally seeing the light and finding the way out with a rational interpretation is what makes the Qur’an experience very unique for Muslims and non-Muslims.

“As a side note, I wanted the calligraphy style to be one where there is no obvious end in the words to represent some situations we can face nowadays, where some debates are endless and where you can see neither the end of the arguments nor that of the debate…

“I hope you enjoyed the labyrinth of Qur’an. Please read it. You might get lost. But hopefully, you will find yourself fast enough. That is all that matters.”

Mohamed Mehdi Aourir, Harvard

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Outdoor Learning PlaySpace Labyrinth officially opens at Havergal College

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The Junior School of Havergal College officially opened their Outdoor Learning PlaySpace today.

And… they have a Labyrinth!

Often we find connections between water and labyrinth locations, The Burke Brook Stewardship Project is no different.

A three lane circle design was placed beside Burke Brook.

It’s the second Labyrinth for this private all-girls school.

Their first one is indoors, located in Old Girls Legacy Theatre building.

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“Cool new (a-“maze”-ing) street art in Kensington Market” – Ben Pelchat – Kensington Avenue – Toronto


Cool new (a-"maze"-ing) street art in the market

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“The kids painting a maze outside the store on Kensington Avenue with artist.” – Pedestrian Sunday – Kensington Market – Toronto

When curious young people hover around my Labyrinths-in-Progress, I often invite them to participate.

Was fun painting this Pedestrian Sunday Labyrinth with these two Future Artists.

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“My students do the Toronto Public Labyrinth – thinking thinking thinking” – Shawn Micallef

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“Construction on our Junior School Outdoor Learning PlaySpace continues! Here’s the new labyrinth” – Havergal College

Construction on our Junior School Outdoor Learning PlaySpace continues! Here's the new labyrinth - twitter-com-HavergalCollege-status-391231933360795648

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Grange Park: “Toronto Labyrinth being repainted by a lovely person” – The Blue Brick

#TorontoLabyrinth being repainted by a lovely person

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“Taking the entire German consulate on a Toronto walk – here we are at the Labyrinth” – Shawn Micallef

Taking the entire German consulate on a Toronto walk – here we are at the Labyrinth.

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“At Christie Pits … I have a long relationship with this particular labyrinth, I’ve probably walked it 100 times.” — Sadie

sadie hula hooping christie pits labyrinth

“Today I walked down to the neighbourhood labyrinth at Christie Pits park. It’s painted on the conical wading pool, and on this day the benches were filled with Chinese elderly (joyously) shouting at each other.

“I have a long relationship with this particular labyrinth, I’ve probably walked it 100 times. I used to walk down to this park and hoop the labyrinth each morning before I started my day. It was a commute for me, forcing me to move, experience the weather, and get dressed like a normal person.

“I love the way that the circular shape of the whole labyrinth is so simple, so predictable, but the path inside is not. Even after walking so many times, I can’t predict the path. Or more exactly, when I started the practice I decided to not worry about where the next bend would lead, to not worry about memorizing the path so I could do it more efficiently, but to just do it, to enjoy, and to be lost for as long as possible.

“The Christie Pits labyrinths are made by the same artist who makes most of them in the city – HiMY. I love finding them as I walk around Toronto, they encourage taking a few minutes to wander in a small space, to be present, and to be curious.

“I have a few rules that I set for myself – take a breath at the start and set an intention. At the centre I take another moment to reflect before I turn around and retrace the path. I take a conscious breath and moment of thanks at the end. No crossing the lines, and no talking. The last one was made so that I would focus on the practice, cause especially when a hoop is involved, people are curious about why I’m dancing on this concrete circle and will ask me questions.

“Sometimes I feel like a slave to lines painted on the ground, but it’s those days that I most need the wandering.

“Sometimes, like this morning, I see another walker start the labyrinth, but quit before they reach the center. They often seem frustrated at how long it’s taking, or confused that it’s not a maze – there’s no choices to make and the only way to control how quickly you get to the centre is to change your speed. I like not having to make any decisions.

“A few years ago, Mo and I made a video of hooping in a labyrinth. Mo started in the middle and I started on the outside, and we wandered through as a cyclist learned to ride backwards….”


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“I walk along the beach last night … A man is placing stones, so I ask him about it…” — Alice Murnighan

Alice Murnighan

“I walk along the beach last night, spot a labyrinth I had not noticed before.

A man is placing stones, so I ask him about it – fixing it now, been there for months, he creates them all over the city in unexpected locales.

He shares his story and his energy, that which i feel walking the labyrinth as well – came upon it at the perfect time in the perfect place.”

Alice Murnighan

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Wading Pool Labyrinth – Bellevue Square Park – Kensington Market – Toronto

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“Walking the Labyrinth in High Park.” – Nancy DePutter

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“Labyrinth being painted by HiMY SYeD at Woodbine Beach Park” – Greg Burrell – Toronto

#Labyrinth being painted by @HiMYSYeD at Woodbine Beach Park

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