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Yesterday morning we laid out a labyrinth pathway in the park at the centre of the University. It’s a beautiful park, a wonderful place for a labyrinth to lie. The wind was blowing through the trees, mixing with the sound of running water in the creek; dew on the  grass wet our feet.

 

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We used spraypaint held close to the rope which is attached to the central point, the goal of the walk.

 

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Here’s the path as laid out and ready to walk. You can still see the staves in the ground at the corners of the seed pattern in the centre of the path. They’re essential for laying out the pathway as the rope pivots on them to create the geometrically perfect arrangement. This coming week we’ll add stones to the painted lines, making it more substantial and durable, unless it rains all week, which the weather people are threatening. 

The students are all members of a travel course I’m teaching with English Professor Marja Mogk, called Magical England. As part of the course we’ll be visiting the West Country and looking at sites that are tied to Arthurian legend while we read the text of Mallory’s version of the tales.

 

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 The students are all creating a visual journal of their work in this class. Here are their bags and books under one of the lovely trees in the Kingsman park. 

 

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I tagged these river cobbles at our local stone yard, Carlson Building Supply, who are sponsoring the project for the Scandinavian Festival. They ROCK! (as a stone yard should…)

A Labyrinth in the Park I

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