My friend Laura Sibley just formed a labyrinth out by a little cabin she recently bought.
This one was hand-raked and is a spiral. Its form does not detract from the rugged beauty surrounding it. It seems that the plants did not extend into this area so I'm quite certain no plants were bladed. The borders are not high enough to prevent desert creatures from crossing the landscape.
Laura's labyrinth is beautiful and in a world that scoffs at walking this serves as a tribute. We walked about 200 feet from our car to get to the labyrinth and about half way there I stopped to make sure we had enough water. It was easily over 100 degrees and the heat flattened us. We sheltered in the shade of her cabin and took pictures. It would be an ordeal to walk this labyrinth in the heat and that fact confounds the stated purposes of labyrinths of reflection and meditation. The purpose of this one, at least at this time of year, would be of persistence and endurance.
I searched for other desert labyrinths and medicine wheels and found these:
|At the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, 59700 Highway 62, Joshua Tree, CA|
|Near 34.689312, -111.900107, The Sanctuary, Yavapai County AZ|
|Near 33.373170, -114.173597, Palm Canyon Road, Yuma AZ|
I really like how this one, a spiral, forms a moiré pattern and becomes in essence a quartered medicine wheel.
My dear friend Annelies has a beautiful medicine circle on her property and it was she who gave me the idea of building a medicine wheel rather than a labyrinth on our desert floor. I'm not sure yet. Labyrinths have a long European history, though originally Greek, so I wouldn't be appropriating anyone's culture but my own. I would need to study and to partner up with others to do a medicine wheel right, and it's too hot right now to study or partner on projects.
Plus, I have an aversion to messing with the landscape. When I first went camping and discovered that people were arranging and stacking rocks, I had fun with that. But I quickly realized my error and stopped doing it. Few come to the desert in search of the hand of man in the landscape.
But I have to admit that I don't have a problem with this configuration in Kendall Yards:
I'm hoping that by the time the temperature drops in October I will have worked out some of these issues and come to a resolution. At least in October it will be cool enough to walk Laura's beautiful labyrinth and see for myself what it means for these marks to exist in the landscape.