“At the Toronto Labyrinth there is also a Braille Labyrinth for fingers.” – Shawn Micallef

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Sunnyside Beach Stone Labyrinth, Thanksgiving Sunday

The Sir Casimir Gzowski Park wading pool was my second labyrinth stop on this Thanksgiving Sunday 2011.

Having biked from Howard Junior Public School after experiencing their Species of The Humber Watershed playground labyrinth, I was en route to Butterfly Park just west of the Humber River. The original intention for the day was to create a giant Butterfly shaped labyrinth design. It has been on my mind for the past two summers, and today I finally made the time.

Watching a mother and son walk my wading pool labyrinth brought a smile to my face. Looking over to children climbing the nearby playground equipment, my eyes were drawn to the empty spot on the beach immediately south of the boardwalk.

As often happens in my labyrinth building, serendipity takes over and something else, somewhere else gets built first.

Only a moment was needed to decide to abandon plans for the Butterfly Labyrinth. Maybe it will get done next summer? Or the summer after that?

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The Species of The Humber Watershed Playground Labyrinth

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.
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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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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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“Labyrinth at The Grange Park” — Rochelle Mazar

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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

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“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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Toronto City of Labyrinths Project Jane’s Walk — Saturday May 7, 2011 6 p.m. Christie Subway Station

Toronto has become a City of Labyrinths.

Presently, we may have the greatest physical number of labyrinths of any City in The World. This Jane’s Walk will help us understand why.

Since 2002, the Toronto City of Labyrinths Project has been aiming to place a semi-permanent labyrinth within walking distance of every Torontonian.

This Jane’s Walk will follow a path into and around Christie Pits Park, where a number of the Project’s examples exist.

All four of the most popular labyrinth design patterns will be shown:

  • 1. The Thousands of years old ancient classic seven-circuit Cretan design
  • 2. The 800-year-old Chartes Cathedral 11-circuit pattern
  • 3. The Contemporary Santa Rosa Labyrinth design
  • 4. The inner-Chartes seven-circuit pattern

Background in-depth history of each of the four major designs will be provided:

  • The story of how High Park got the first official City of Toronto Labyrinth
  • The efforts of the Labyrinth Community Network in creating The Toronto Public Labyrinth in Trinity Square Park
  • Why labyrinth walking is a critical period in the development of decision making abilities in children growing up, which they then carry into adulthood.
  • The Connection between bodies of water and labyrinths. (Garrison Creek)

Using chalk on paved open space, people will be instructed in how to make their own labyrinths, which we will then enjoy walking in to and out of.

Before returning to our starting point where this Jane’s Walk will end, we will see one bonus example of Giant Outstallation Art:

  • Toronto’s Giant Outdoor Subway Map and the story of why it’s there

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

    Saturday May 7, 2011 6 p.m.

Meeting Place: Traffic Island in Front of Christie Subway Station Main Entrance

End Location: Like all Labyrinth journeys, we will return to our starting point to end the walk (Traffic Island in Front of Christie Subway Station Main Entrance).

Public Transit Directions: Christie Subway Station Main Entrance, Christie Street, North of Bloor Street West, Koreatown/Christie Pits Park

Accessible: Partially accessible – curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks

Parking Available: Green P Parking behind Christie Subway Station

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Spring Equinox Labyrinth Walk: Toronto Public Labyrinth, Trinity Square Park – Sunday, March 20, 2011

Friends of the Labyrinth Community Network invite you to

“celebrate the vernal equinox, the spring equinox – the day exactly halfway between the solstices, the day that the sun shines directly on the equator and night and day are of equal length.  It is the earth’s day of balance…Stand completely still for a moment and feel that balance.” – The Way of the Labyrinth, Helen Curry

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Noon – 1 pm

Toronto Public Labyrinth, Trinity Square Park

(West of the Eaton Centre, south of the Church of Holy Trinity)

Fully accessible

Michael Franklin will accompany us on hurdy-gurdy and flute

All are Welcome!

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Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk with Music — Toronto Public Labyrinth

Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk with Music – Tuesday December 21 2010
Toronto Public Labyrinth
12 noon – 1 p.m.

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