|River Labyrinth: 1/17/11, on the ice of the Huron River at Argo Park|
|Here is what I did today when I needed a break from composing. My colleague the wonderful soprano Carmen Pelton made a labyrinth in her yard this summer, and she recently loaned my wife and I a book on the history and process. The book taught how to plot the walls of a classical seven-course Minoan labyrinth, (as in the neolithic tomb carving below) but to make one out of snow I had to teach myself how to create one by walking the path. |
neolithic tomb labyrinth
Creating the shape by walking the path means that the shape won't be mathematically proportional, but drawn freehand by walking, in this case, with a shovel.This practice used parts of my brain that I haven't accessed since I was an early adolescent, and for a time obsessively drew mazes (motivated by what, I cannot remember.)
I'm tempted to draw some metaphoric connection to composing though, in which we lay out a path through action, and ask others to follow it...and of course the difference between a labyrinth and a maze is that in the former there is only one path to follow, instead of many...
Tomorrow's forecast: rain.