“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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    Labyrinths are made on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples –

    Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),

    Stó:lō and

    Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)

    and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

    Labyrinths are made in traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of

    the Kwantlen,

    the Katzie,

    the Semiahmoo

    and Tsawwassen First Nations.