Thursday, 20 October 2011

Follow-up re Louise McKinney Park Labyrinth

Thanks, everyone, for your questions about yesterday's post. As a result, I did some research and discovered some fascinating things!


The labyrinth at Louise McKinney Park was designed and built in June 2010 by Leah Dorion. She is a Metis artist from Saskatchewan who constructed the labyrinth as part of The Works, Edmonton's annual art and design festival. The labyrinth's official name is Turtle Rock Effigy and here is a description of its significance from the festival program:

Turtle Rock Effigy combines the First Nations turtle rock effigy with a Celtic labyrinth path on its back, a symbolic representation of the bringing together of First Nations and European cultures.


Zing! The lightbulb comes on! Turtle Island is the traditional native name for North America. And so all those rock piles around the edge of the labyrinth must represent the head, limbs and tail of the turtle! I certainly didn't figure that out when I was there, so I must return to walk the labyrinth again sometime in light of this new understanding!


[Photo of Leah Dorion and her turtle labyrinth artwork found on her website. Photo by Debra She Who Seeks.]

17 comments:

Lois said...

That is lovely, and I am envious of your abundance of labyrinths.

DEZMOND said...

I thought it was an ancient one.

laurie said...

I love it even more now.Beautiful!

Jane said...

Fascinating and yes, those strange rock piles make much more sense now.

A Beer for the Shower said...

I love the turtle labyrinth. Very beautiful artwork. Fun fact: it's hard to solve mazes when you've been drinking. Also, sharpie doesn't come off of computer monitors. Live and learn.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

oh how cool!

coneforce said...

nice blog you have here!

Joyful Things said...

Behind everything is a story that makes the item or event even more interesting. Good for you for finding out the story of this labyrinth and letting us know.

Phil S. said...

Ergh! Is that still a beer can in the center? I can't tell.

Francie said...

Thanks for the info on this artist, Debra!

dbs said...

Very cool.

Bird said...

Oh how wonderful for you to post this. Thanks for looking it up. Yes, muskrat swam down deep enough finally of all the animals who tried to bring some dirt up from the bottom of the waters, and put the dirt on turtle's back and from there the land grew and became North America. I love that story. :-)

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

wow..I love when I learn something new

Jim said...

Yes, that does all makes sense now.....seeing the photo and artwork. Thanks Debra.

Rose - The Center of My Self said...

I asbolutely love when you post about labryinths! The turtle is especially meaningful to me as it's my power animal. Other people get power animals like wolves or hawks; I get turtle. It just speaks to me. My shaman friend calls me Turtle Woman. I'd love to walk this Turtle Labyrinth. When you go back, please give a thought to me walking with you. :-)

Rose - The Center of My Self said...

Oops! Typo: labyrinths

laughingwolf said...

superb :)