It didn't happen overnight... here's the story. (By Vanessa Compton)
Year 2 of the Stewart Park Community Labyrinth.
After the success of last summer’s Stewart Park Festival labyrinth, a one-day installation immortalized by Perth Community Police Officer Bird as “some seniors’ spray-paint graffiti vandalism,” I was encouraged by Stewart Park Festival workshop organizer Julie McIntyre and my fellow members of Transition Perth to plan a more durable version for the summer of 2015.
|Surveyor's tape - laying out the medieval 7-circuit labyrinth in Stewart Park.|
|Enthusiastic YAK team members, help to make the Stewart Park Community Labyrinth a reality!|
On a cold sunny day at the end of April, a team from YAK helped lay it out using surveyor’s flags and tape, and fence staples, a generous donation from the Perth Home Hardware store. We had decided on a Medieval 7-circuit with x and y axes to make U-turns on the path. We made mistakes and laughed a lot and had to make emergency trips for more supplies, but finally the CAUTION tape went up and we waited for the grass to grow.
|First mowing by Jordan Lye-Lee, a YAK member planning to start his own landscape business.|
|Perth Parks crew mow the labyrinth every Friday - the labyrinth starts to take shape!|
|An information sign is installed at the entrance to the labyrinth.|
Two weeks before Stewart Park Festival, YAK was between Skills Link cohorts, so “Sherpa” Mike Fletcher mowed the thick vegetation. It looked like a scalp job, but by Festival weekend, the grass had grown in and the labyrinth looked serene and lush.
|By Festival weekend, the grass had grown in and the labyrinth looked serene and lush.|
|During the hot afternoons, the labyrinth was a magnet for kids and families.|
|There really is nothing more delightful than walking a fragrant clover labyrinth in your bare feet!|