“Maze Runner 😂” – Eric Rhys Miller

“Trying to leave a Masjid while others are praying”

Okay, I found that funny, as would any Muslim…


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Vancouver Public Labyrinth – sassy3sisi

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“💙” – Paìch Múlveigh – Chalk Labyrinth Heart Aglet – The Village on False Creek – Vancouver

This is one of the Heart Aglets from my larger scale Chalk Labyrinth currently on the Seawall near Science World in False Creek.

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Aglets are that slip of plastic at the end of shoelaces to prevent fraying of the threads.

When I first began drawing circles at the end of the arcs and turn-arounds in my Labyrinths, I needed a word for what this was and what I intended and hoped for in behaviour of Labyrinth Walkers/Runners.

Over the years I had noticed by direct observation of people walking my Labyrinths, there were these micro-hesitations, these almost imperceptible pauses whenever people reached a turn-around.

Finally realized that people were looking at the far wall at the end of each Labyrinth Lane.

They would reach the wall, and only then would they make a decision to turn.

They were focused on the destination at the end of the lane.

By drawing circles at the end of the arcs, be they parallel or concentric lines, which altogether make a Labyrinth a Labyrinth, I saw those micro-hesitations disappear.

People were focusing on the circle as they walked towards the end of each lane, reaching it they seamlessly turned and continued walking or running until they reached the centre.

This micro-hesitation behaviour did not exist when I looked at people walking traditional Chartres Labyrinth designs.

That was an important clue.

I had observed people just kept walking, without the pause.

That was because at the end of each concentric lane is a semi-circle curve, a Labrys, which would guide you to the next inner or outer parallel concentric lane.

In essence, by drawing circles at the end of arcs, I had pulled in the Labrys from the far wall to the centre of a turn-around point.

That began in Toronto.

One day, I don’t recall when, but it was here in Vancouver, instead of drawing a circle aglet, I drew a heart aglet.

It changed everything.

The entire feeling of walking the Labyrinth changed.

With every turn, one’s own idea of whatever the Heart Symbol means to them, is being compounded with every turn until they reach the centre, where they usually find a Larger Heart, which I almost always now include in my Labyrinths.

I found this positive compounded feeling was lessened by using multi-coloured heart aglets, so I almost always keep them red.

Yet whenever I remember to do so, I mix it up and draw one or maybe two Heart Aglets in a different colour.

Thus, this Blue Heart Aglet…

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Leila – Yaletown Chalk Labyrinth – Bill Curtis Square – Downtown Vancouver

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“Under my umbrella, ella, ella, ey🎼🎶🎵” – Yaletown Chalk Labyrinth – Bill Curtis Square – Downtown Vancouver

Good to see how well the Chalk Labyrinth I did the other evening in Bill Curtis Square in Yaletown is holding up.

However, the Heart in the centre of the Labyrinth is almost all gone.

I observed many people would walk right into the centre, stand on the heart, and then take photographs or have photographs taken of them standing on the heart.

Looking forward to re-making a new Chalk Labyrinth here with all I’ve learned by observing how people are interacting with it from this first attempt.

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“💓” – City of Labyrinths – Seawall – Vancouver

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“a-MAZE-ing?” – “A-Labyrinth-ing!” – Chalk Labyrinth – False Creek Seawall – Vancouver

Lately, first myself quipping “A-Labyrinth-ing” when people comment that my Labyrinths are “A-Maze-ing”. . .

a-MAZE-ing. #lovethiskid

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“Walked off some of my dinner with the Labyrinth on the way back to the condo after race practice 😎” – Beverly Sorrells – Dragonboat Festival – Vancouver

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“Found this in False Creek on my way to the skytrain” – Chalk Labyrinth – Vancouver

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“Impromptu games in the park.” – Toronto Unicyclists – Wading Pool Labyrinth – Christie Pits Park

A skateboarder once thanked me for the Concentric Circle Arcs comprising my Wading Pool Labyrinth in Christie Pits Park.

He said it helped with depth perception allowing for situation awareness.

I wonder if same holds true for Unicyclists?

impromptu games in the park.

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“I love my city! There’s always something new to see. Came across this chalk Labyrinth by pure chance” – Tina Coon – City of Labyrinths – Vancouver

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“This kid’s the real maze runner” – Science World – False Creek Seawall – Vancouver

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“Intersection re-imagined” – Chalk Labyrinth – Car Free Day – Main Street – Vancouver

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“Visited this Labyrinth last night. Almost half a kilometre from the start to the centre, and after he got out he wanted to go back in again.”

It was very nice to meet Dan and learn how his Little One has taken to walking all the Chalk Labyrinths I’ve been making around Science World and the False Creek Neighbourhood.

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“A puzzling discovery.😎” – Chalk Labyrinth – False Creek Seawall – Vancouver

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