The Species of The Humber Watershed Playground Labyrinth – Howard Junior Public School – Toronto

Recently, while exploring the photo sharing site Flickr, I stumbled upon a West Toronto labyrinth I never knew existed!

Having learned it was within biking distance, I cycled over on Thanksgiving Sunday for a visit and a walk.

It was exciting. Why?

Because here was a labyrinth I had not painted, yet had been here for years. Over time, people have shared their own sense of discovery, of stumbling upon, of surprise, experienced in their first encounters with one of my numerous labyrinths.

This thanksgiving weekend morning, it was my turn. To discover. To be surprised. To walk a labyrinth others had made. And to be appreciative.

Apparently this aqua themed labyrinth was created in May of 2008 to complement The Species of The Humber Watershed Mural which arches over the school’s playground entrance.

“The Species of The Humber Watershed

This mural was painted by students in Grade 5 with help from visiting artist Kathleen Vaughan and support from the Howard Arts Council

May 2008″

Both mural and labyrinth are wonderful additions to Howard Junior Public School’s playground in Roncesvalles Village, west end Toronto.

Time well spent and worth a future visit.

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“Boy and his ball at the wading pool maze” – Labyrinth – Christie Pits Park – Toronto

#boy and his #ball at the #wadingpool #maze (Taken by my daughter, M.)

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Shannon’s Fireflies

It’s almost 24 hours since NuitBlanche 2011 began. It’s also almost 12 hours since it ended early this morning.

My body is still aching from hopscotching various art zones carrying my giant NuWe letters performing my own Independent mobile NuitBlanche Giant Outstallation Art, NuWeBlanche (@NuWeBlanche).

I did take a break somewhere in there and made a point of visiting the Toronto Public Labyrinth to experience Shannon’s Fireflies. This NuitBlanche installation by Seth Hardy (@thirdson), founder and executive director of Site 3 coLaboratory, was intentionally placed in the centre of the labyrinth…

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Shannon’s Fireflies 2011 in Toronto Public Labyrinth — Nuit Blanche, Zone B

The Toronto Public Labyrinth in Trinity Square Park will feature

Shannon’s Fireflies 2011

by Seth Hardy, founder and executive director of Site 3 coLaboratory

during Nuit Blanche 2011

Toronto’s all night extravaganza of contemporary art

Saturday, October 1, 2011

6:59 pm – 7am

All Welcome

Free of Charge

This installation piece will use a grid of suspended light nodes in a cube frame containing sensors, and will respond to the whispers of participants by converting their words into light, sound and movement.

By using whisper stations set up in the labyrinth, two people can talk to each other and subsequently see their words create light and be distorted as they pass through the air.

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“Trapped in the Grange Park Labyrinth” — Edward Pond

Trapped in the Grange Park Labyrinth.

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Autumn Equinox Labyrinth Walk

Please join the Labyrinth Community Network
for a group walk on the first day of Autumn

Friday, September 23
12:00 noon
Toronto Public Labyrinth
Trinity Square Park
(immediately west of the Eaton Centre and south of the Church of the Holy Trinity)

Medieval music will accompany us
Fully accessible
Braille Labyrinth on site

Free of charge
All are welcome!

www.labyrinthnetwork.ca

Upcoming:
Winter Solstice, Thursday, December 22 at noon

 

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“Jón” – Wading Pool Labyrinth – Bellevue Square Park – Kensington Market – Toronto

Sometimes people skateboard through my Labyrinths rather than walk . . .

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Jón

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GTA Eid al Fitr — Masking Tape Labyrinth

Muslims in Toronto have been marking the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan with Eid al Fitr.

I attended GTA Eid at Metro Toronto Convention Centre hosted by Muslim Association of Canada.

After prayers, Muslim children, namely brothers Omar and Ammar and their big sister, helped create a Labyrinth using masking tape.

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View from Humber Bay Arch Bridge – Labyrinth at Mouth of the Humber River – Toronto

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“Labyrinth at The Grange Park” – Rochelle Mazar – Grange Park Labyrinth – Downtown Toronto


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Chalk Outline & Painting – Labyrinth at Mouth of the Humber River – Toronto

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“Confused Pigeon” – Wading Pool Labyrinth – Bellevue Square Park – Kensington Market – Downtown Toronto

Wading pool maze/confused pigeon

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“Thanks @HiMYSYeD for the #labyrinth. A great way to spend an afternoon in #Toronto #yyz”

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“After walking a labyrinth, the two hemispheres of the brain become balanced.” – Suzette Martinez Standring

Meditation-Balances-The-Brain

“Walking the spiral path of twists and turns is an ancient spiritual exercise.

“Often the words labyrinth and maze are used interchangeably, but they are not the same. A maze is a network of paths and dead-ends, and one has to puzzle her way out. In contrast, a labyrinth has only one way in and only one way out. The walker simply follows the path.

“Twenty years ago in San Francisco at Grace Cathedral, I walked a labyrinth on its marble floor, a replica of the famous design found at Chartres Cathedral in France. It was an exercise that gave me profound calm and unexpected answers, all from just putting one foot in front of the other.

“I discovered there is a scientific reason for why this happens. The left side of the brain, which governs rational, logical and linear actions, is often overworked. Walking a labyrinth allows that side to rest, while the right side of the brain, which is associated with non-verbal, non-rational and the intuitive, is exercised, according to “The Healing Labyrinth,” an article in Barron’s by Helen Rafael Sands in 2001. After walking a labyrinth, the two hemispheres of the brain become balanced.”

Suzette Martinez Standring, MyZeeland

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World Labyrinth Day Picnic and Walk in High Park

Come share in a celebration of Labyrinths in the world!

Starting at 3:00 pm, Saturday May 7th at the High Park Labyrinth.

  • Bring a picnic
  • Bring your pet
  • Bring the family

Northwest of Grenadier Café in heart of High Park

For more information:

Please contact Lutia lutialausane@sympatico.ca (416) 588-3121

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