Lawrence community members invited to immerse themselves in ‘here-ing’ labyrinth

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Events coming up Friday and Saturday invite Lawrence community members to become immersed in a tallgrass labyrinth, learn about the environment and participate in a poetry exercise.

The Spencer Museum of Art in 2022 received a grant to help fund the unique art initiative. The walking labyrinth, called “here-ing” and created by artist Janine Antoni, is in the shape of a human ear.

Attendees will be able to learn about the Indigenous and environmental history of the area with graduate intern Hayden Nelson, walk the labyrinth’s path, and participate in a poetry exercise with Kansas writer Lori Brack, according to the Spencer.

The events — “Connecting to Place: An Immersive, Interdisciplinary Experience at here-ing” — are set for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14 and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at the labyrinth.

The events will focus on the third labyrinth, depicting the inner ear. (Photos by Dan Hughes)

The labyrinth is near the Roth Trailhead at the Suzanne Ecke McColl Nature Reserve, which is on the west side of East 1600 Road, about 3 miles north of the Lawrence Regional Airport. Click here for a map.

The event will be the same both days. Bug spray, sunscreen, and water will be provided, according to the Spencer. Those who attend should wear closed-toe shoes, long socks, pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect against ticks, according to the Spencer.

Elevation change is minimal, but the path is not ADA accessible, according to the Spencer. However, there is a finger labyrinth carved by local stone mason Karl Ramberg at the entrance to “here-ing” that mirrors the shape of the walking labyrinth, giving visitors who cannot traverse the path an overview of its shape, Elizabeth Kanost, a spokesperson for the Spencer, said via email.

Learn more about the labyrinth on the Spencer’s website via

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