“Found some colourful footprints on the way to work!” – Amy Massiah – 6th & Fir Park – Vancouver

I chalked a little Labyrinth about a month ago… and apparently, it might still be there!

As a design motif, many of my Labyrinths include chalk outlines of my shoes stepping towards the entrance.

These footprints are, or were, made in 6th & Fir Park, located beside the start of the Arbutus Greenway.

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“When I was a kid (4th or 5th grade), I loved drawing mazes. I took a small notebook of them to school and a classmate offered to pay me a nickel for one.” – Ryan Green

When I was a kid (4th or 5th grade), I loved drawing mazes. I took a small notebook of them to school and a classmate offered to pay me a nickel for one. He showed his friend, who also wanted one. I got another nickel. Word spread, orders flowed, and my pencil scribbled more mazes. To expand the business, I teamed up with a girl who advertised and took orders at recess while I drew more. We learned that we could charge a quarter if I drew them on larger paper. We hired another student to draw more mazes at the same time as me so my backpack wouldn't run out of stock. During school lessons, I would peek inside my desk and admire the stack of nickels and quarters that was growing next to my erasers. Then our teacher overheard us discussing our business strategy on the way back from recess one day and he shut us down. Potential multi-million-dollar maze factory, dead. He told us that school was not for selling things. Then he handed us an order form for the yearly bologna, cheese, and popcorn fundraiser and told us to take our seats. (True story, but with a slightly heightened ending.) #maze #schoolstory #business #bobaloca #burbank #downtownburbank #ipadpro #procreate #fueledbytea

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“When I was a kid (4th or 5th grade), I loved drawing mazes.

I took a small notebook of them to school and a classmate offered to pay me a nickel for one.

He showed his friend, who also wanted one.

I got another nickel.

Word spread, orders flowed, and my pencil scribbled more mazes.

To expand the business, I teamed up with a girl who advertised and took orders at recess while I drew more.

We learned that we could charge a quarter if I drew them on larger paper.

We hired another student to draw more mazes at the same time as me so my backpack wouldn’t run out of stock.

During school lessons, I would peek inside my desk and admire the stack of nickels and quarters that was growing next to my erasers.

Then our teacher overheard us discussing our business strategy on the way back from recess one day and he shut us down.

Potential multi-million-dollar maze factory, dead.

He told us that school was not for selling things.

Then he handed us an order form for the yearly bologna, cheese, and popcorn fundraiser and told us to take our seats.

(True story, but with a slightly heightened ending.)”

Ryan Green

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“Mini maze🚶🏻‍♀️” – Kelly Lee – Olympic Village – Vancouver Public Labyrinth

Like the many blades of grass now rising around the rocks, this image with its perspective of showing Olympic Village in the background is growing on me.

Most photographs of Vancouver Public Labyrinth appearing online take the opposite perspective and have False Creek and the Downtown Vancouver skyline as it’s background.

Mini maze🚶🏻‍♀️ #ootn #springnight #olympicvillage

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“I’m a sucker for a good piece of art 🎨 What you can do with a pile of rocks 🙌🏼” – Sabrina Vi – Olympic Village – Vancouver Public Labyrinth

Though this image was just posted, this is a wonderful photograph of the Vancouver Public Labyrinth before I re-arranged the rocks from these concentric circles into its current and more complex final design.

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“This way to the Matrix…” – Eric Michael – False Creek Seawall – Vancouver

Quite surprised how long lasting this chalk Labyrinth has turned out to be.

Perhaps there are unique conditions at this very spot, the material of the paver bricks, the sea air around this pocket of South East False Creek, and being a corner that is less frequently walked upon yet beside the desire line of a path where most everyone walks beside.

Who knows?

Last time I re-visited this Labyrinth, I only had to re-chalk red into a few hearts, and re-outline the outer-most perimeter circle wall.

This way to the Matrix…

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“Finn’s trying to find his way through the Labyrinth” – Felicia Cope – Spyglass Place Labyrinth – Vancouver

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“We made it through the maze 💜❤️💛” – Jacqueline MacLeod – Chalk Labyrinth – Robson Square – Downtown Vancouver

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Mimi in The Middle – Vancouver Public Labyrinth – Skys_gram

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Chalk Labyrinth on Robson Square during Vancouver Design Week

I randomly chalk Labyrinths upon Robson Square in Downtown Vancouver.

Glimpses of the Labyrinth I chalked at the beginning of Vancouver Design Week 2018 can still be seen in these Instagrams…

How does design make you feel? #vdw2018

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“A maze” – Michelle Nahanee – False Creek Seawall – Vancouver Public Labyrinth

A maze

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“Code.” – Joey Ou – Spyglass Place Labyrinth – Vancouver

The Honeysuckle has really grown since I first began building this Stone Labyrinth.

A Maintenance visit in recent days revealed that eyeing from ground level, the Spyglass Place Labyrinth is almost hidden with an air of something Ancient.

Yet, from Cambie Bridge above, Spyglass is still easily seen…

Code. #vancouver #sign #maze #streetphotography #iphonephoto @joeyouphoto

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“Thank-You to HiMY SYeD for the “Unofficial Labyrinth” in our local Fairmount Park splash-pad..!” – Mark J. Richardson – Toronto

“Thank-You to @HiMYSYeD for the “Unofficial Labyrinth” in our local Fairmount Park splash-pad..!

Good to see a little Maze-Runner enjoying it in the Sunshine.

Sometimes the BEST things in #ParkTO break the rules a little. 🤫”

Mark J. Richardson

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“Walk the Labyrinth✌️😌” – Amy Rebecca – False Creek Seawall – Vancouver Public Labyrinth

✌️😌 #walkthelabyrinth

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“Hockey or Labyrinth? Great use of public space at Strathcona Linear Park” – Vancouver

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“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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