Supporters, I have good news to report. The community art display was installed on April 1st. Thanks to my brother, Geoff Boyles, for his help with this task.
Our community service day with Pro (Act) Community Partnerships, Inc. ended up happening on April 12th. We had great weather and an awesome crew of nearly 40 people. You can view a photo album of that day at www.facebook.com/rplabyrinth.
We are still in need of funds to plant flowers and bushes to make the space into a wildlife habitat. Spread the word about the Rivoli Park Labyrinth to your family and friends.
A tremendous amount has been accomplished to prepare for the event on May 3rd at 1 pm. I hope you are making plans to be a part of the World Labyrinth Day event that Saturday as we "walk as one at one" with other labyrinth enthusiasts around the globe. If you have any questions, message me.
Geoff Boyles installed the community art
Thanks to your support, I was able to buy all the supplies for the community art installation on the fence at the Rivoli Park Labyrinth. Twenty-one panels are being painted in preparation for the opening on May 3rd. Learn more by reading the March blog post at www.rplabyrinth.blogspot.com
As spring approaches, we will turn our focus towards landscaping again. We have a workday planed for March 29th. One of my fellow Focus 2020 community action grant winners, Derrin Slack, has arranged for youth volunteers from Pro (Act) to help us out that day. Money that has been raised from this Go Fund Me campaign is also going to be used to buy flowers to beautify the labyrinth path and create a spot of remembrance near a boulder that my father placed on the edge of the labyrinth.
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Have joy in the journey and thanks for traveling with me, Lisa
This is the first panel, completed by artist George Brookins, that will be part of the community art installation at the Rivoli Park Labyrinth. It is his interpretation of the quote, " The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose." by Mahatma Gahndi. We will have an outdoor opening to view the community art installation on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 as part of World Labyrinth Day. Come at 1 pm to participate in a facilitated labyrinth walk at the site. Send a message to get the address.
Art by George Brookins
Sad news, supporters, my father, Gordon Arthur Boyles passed away this week. We will be setting up a place of remembrance in the labyrinth space in the future. If you have any ideas in terms of landscaping or memorial items that you would like to share, please do. You may message me through this site to share ideas and condolences. If you would like to make a donation to this project in his honor it would be much appreciated. Thank you all.
Gordon resting in center of labyrinth
We are finishing the mortaring and soil remediation for the labyrinth this first weekend of November. Thankfully, the weather is going to be warm enough and dry enough for this work to be done. Then we will plant the native wildflower seeds as soon as the first hard frost comes. Over the winter we will focus on decorating the wood panels for the community art wall. We have enough $ to buy our first round of wood to be cut down to size and several cans of outdoor paint have been donated. If any of you would like to decorate a panel or have an idea for quote or picture that you would like to be illustrated by an artist, please let me know and we will include you in the project even more in this way. If you have any further questions or comments, please don't hesitate to message me. Don't forget, I can give you a card commemorating your donation to Rivoli Park Labyrinth and Community Art as a gift to someone special for the holidays.
As soon as I get a few more donations, I can make a withdrawal from the account to purchase some supplies to get started. Two of the community groups are ready to decorate the wood panels. If you have a quote that you think would be appropriate to illustrate for the space, please message me through this site. Thank you so much. Have you told a friend about this project?
We are less than a week away from installing the Rivoli Park Labyrinth path. I have just added new rewards levels for supporters of the community art aspect of this project. I hope you choose to join this community with your donation of time, money, energy or talent. I would love to have a postcard to go on the outdoor bulletin board from everyone involved. Thank you so much to Susan, Laurent, and Stuart who have given a financial donation. Those who have volunteered are numerous. I will make a list of those thank yous as we finish the first phase of the project, the laying of the labyrinth path. The next phase, the community art installation, is waiting to start and is relying on a few more donations.
Moving tree to make way for winding path
Imagine art on this green fence, created in response to the insights gained from a reflective walk on the nearby labyrinth. The Rivoli Park Labyrinth project won a grant to install a walking path and restore the soil in a vacant lot in an urban neighborhood. The labyrinth is named after the neighborhood, Rivoli Park, which is located on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis, IN. The grant did not provide enough funds for the full vision of the project, though, which includes also installing community art and a building an outdoor bulletin board where visitors can post their reflections. Your support will help that full vision become a reality.
Anyone who contributes to this fund is encouraged to send a postcard sized drawing or anything you think would be appropriate to put up on the outdoor bulletin board that you helped build. You are also encouraged to send a message with a thought or quote that you would like posted, if delivering a card is problematic. Contact me through this site for the address of the Rivoli Park Labyrinth and (soon to be) Community Art Space. Know that any amount is appreciated, but for anyone that donates at the $100-$199 level, a piece of original art will be made for you and if you give $200 or more a local labyrinth facilitator will design an experience for you here in Indianapolis. Often when people walk a labyrinth they come away with a thought they would like to share. Building an outdoor bulletin board, with special features to protect postings from the elements, will provide a way to display those reflections.
The other thing that I would like to create with the money that you contribute is a community art installation. I am partnering with groups to decorate wood panels at their sites which can then be placed on the fence, art gallery style. Three sites in the community have already said they want to participate.
A student from the neighborhood public school drew this picture to depict what peace looks like to her as part of the celebration of the International Day of Peace. Work like this will be become a part of the beautiful transformation of the lot. The labyrinth will be installed in October of 2013 as part of a city wide service challenge. We would like to start focusing on painting the art pieces later this fall and hang the panels in rows on the fence starting in the spring. The plan is to have at least three rows of seven panels to display.
When you send in your postcard, you are sending us inspiration for these more permanent and weather resistant art panels. We would like to have quotes, thoughts, or pictures from everyone touched by this project included. I will send you a thank you note that you can keep or can pass on if your gift is made in honor of someone else. If you would like to make an offline donation, please contact me directly using the button on this page. If you are in Indianapolis, know that you are invited to our yearly celebration on June 21st, 2014 at 6 pm for a picnic dinner potluck. Updates will be on our Facebook page, Rivoli Park Labyrinth Indianapolis, www.facebook.com/rplabyrinth
. And if you would like to help in out by doing some gardening or in some other way, just let me know. You may also follow the blog of the project at http://www.rplabyrinth.blogspot.com
. Click in the upper right hand corner of the blog to subscribe or to view the archives. Thank you so much for being a part of completing the transformation of this lot from bleak emptiness to vibrant expression.