Mushroom Labyrinth

created by Willoughby Arevalo & Isabelle Kirouac
in collaboration with Mountainside/SmanitaXan Secondary School students

Labyrinths have been created and walked for centuries to millennia on at least 5 continents. Interpretations included birth, a path home to a sacred ancestor, an image of the brain, and a deterrent to evil. Our labyrinth was inspired by classical patterns, but adapted to depict a mushroom and inoculated with Elm Oyster mushroom mycelium. It was built and installed in the school garden of Mountainside/SmanitaXan Secondary School, in collaboration with students and staff in 2021. This project was produced under the Art & Mycology Program funded by North Van Arts and ArtStarts.

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