Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Walking the turf labyrinth


Cut into the upper lawn of the delightful UBC Botanical Garden in Vancouver is a turf labyrinth. Though hardly everyday in Britain, I saw this labyrinth and identified with it as some part of my own mythic tradition. How fine to have a lawn and cut such a creation into it. What a great thing to do with a spot of land and a damp climate. I slowly trod my way in from the entrance, span round at the centre, and wound my way out again.
The sculpture presiding over it all is of a minotaur holding a hare, created by Sophie Ryder in 1996. Hares get done down in storytelling - swift as they are they don't even get to beat a tortoise. It's grand to see a hare given a moment of due respect.

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