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The Peace Labyrinth in Latimer Square

The Peace Labyrinth in Latimer Square

Bruce Ramus has been helping make U2 look good live for almost 20 years. The Canadian concert director and staging guru has also worked with David Bowie, James Brown, R.E.M., Bryan Adams, Savage Garden and Tears for Fears. .

This weekend he is in Christchurch helping set up the Peace Labyrinth in Latimer Square. The Peace Labyrinth is the work of conceptual artists Pete and Joyce Majendie, in partnership with Opawa Baptist, Christchurch City Council and local churches. Ramus has flown over from Melbourne to lend a helping hand.

Latimer Square, so recently the scene of the tragic death of taxi driver, Abdulrahman Ikhtiari, has been temporarily transformed into a large-scale Peace Labyrinth. 700 straw bales form a path leading participants to nine interactive stations that provide space for reflection and a still point in the midst of the busy Christmas season.

Their outdoor Christmas art installations have been the Majendie’s Christmas gift to the city of Christchurch for the last eleven years. In the last five years they have been situated in the central city, this being their second year in Latimer Square.

Thousands of “driftwood people” are scattered around Christchurch. Made from driftwood, and fixed with two eyes, to look like people, they come with a tag attached. “If you find me, please take me to the Peace Labyrinth.”

Once there, participants are invited to reflect on various aspects of peace, including peace with the earth, peace with family, peace with God and personal peace.

The Peace Labyrinth is operating in Latimer Square from 7pm Friday 19th December around the clock through to 9am Wednesday 24th December. All welcome, no charge.


Christmas Journey – Square to Square
Walk the labyrinth and find moments of peace at Christmas
Latimer Square
Open 24/7, 7pm Friday 19th – 9am Wednesday 24th December 2008


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