Walk the Lines in Toronto
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
People of all ages and walks of life come together to stroll around in circles, step by step, slowly and methodically. Some stare downward as they place each foot in front of the other. Some walk with eyes closed, trusting their feet to stay on the layered path. Some even read from a favorite book as they make their way around the narrow maze. By Brian Crocker
Offering a contrast to the noisy streets and sidewalks of downtown, Trinity Square Park’s Toronto Public Labyrinth provides a sanctuary for meditation, personal reflection and people-watching. Everyone from stockbrokers to students, shoppers to tourists can enjoy time away from the city’s asphalt and concrete. With its many twists and turns, the labyrinth constitutes a thoughtful exception to standard municipal green space.
Originally created out of turf grass and 77 feet in diameter, the labyrinth was rebuilt in September 2005 of brick for more year-round accessibility. Its design is a copy of the 13th-century stone labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France. Traditionally, many labyrinths are set near water; the Toronto Public Labyrinth is located above the former course of Taddle Creek, a stream that has been buried for more than 150 years. Although the sound of flowing water can no longer be heard, several rows of trees surround the park and serve as a buffer to keep out the noise of the nearby city. Installed as a millennium project for Canada’s largest city, the labyrinth serves as an easily followed track for those in search of peace and serenity.