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New Canaan Land Trust Hosts Onsite Labyrinth Lecture on Eve of Summer Solstice

New Canaan Land Trust is hosting a lecture and mediative walk at the Watson Symington Preserve’s Labyrinth on Saturday, June 19th, the eve of the summer solstice.

Christopher Kaczmarek, the artist who created the Labyrinth as part of the 2020 New Canaan Sculpture Trail, will lead an informal talk about the history of seven-circuit labyrinths. In addition, attendees will learn about the process of constructing the Land Trust’s labyrinth from local stones gathered at the preserve. The outdoor talk will be followed by a mediative walk through the labyrinth.

As Professor Kaczmarek explained, “Seven-circuit labyrinths dates back more than 4,000 years, and are often used for walking mediation or as sites of ritual or celebration.” He continued, “On the eve of the summer solstice – an annual milestone and turning point for the earth -- we thought it would be timely to take in the Labyrinth and learn more about its role in history…New Canaan’s own Stonehenge!”

Professor Kaczmarek, an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art and Program Coordinator of Visual Art at Montclair State University, was selected by the New Canaan Sculpture Trail Exhibition Committee as one of the eight artists who participated in the 2020 exhibition on Land Trust and New Canaan town properties.  His 60-foot seven circuit classic labyrinth is the only permanent installation of the eight installations.

The talk will start at 4pm on Saturday, June 19th at the Labyrinth in the Watson Symington Preserve.  Those interested are encouraged to sign up here. Attendees should park on Wellesley Drive and walk to the eastern part of Watson-Symington Preserve, following the posted signs. For more information, feel free to contact Aaron Leland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to www.newcanaanlandtrust.org for more information.

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