Tree of Life Labyrinth

To celebrate the Town’s 200th anniversary, Innisfil ideaLAb & Library and the Town of Innisfil have partnered on a living art installation on the grounds adjacent to the Cookstown Branch.  The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to delay our plans, but we are delighted to bring it to you now.

The Tree of Life Labyrinth is just one of many initiatives designed to uplift the spirits of residents, offer more options to get outside and focus on positivity. Through the Community Needs Assessment, residents identified the need to focus on mental health and community building.

Find out more below.

The Design

When first approached about creating a labyrinth for the Town of Innisfil’s Bicentennial, Denis was reminded of the settlers’ Irish heritage.  With this inspiration, artist Denis Bolohan explored the interlace patterns within Celtic designs which lend themselves to meandering paths suitable for a labyrinth.  Further research led him to the Tree of Life concept:  the current labyrinth creates the Tree using patterns based on Celtic design as the pathways.

Celtic Tree of Life

The Celtic Tree of Life is a symbol of balance and harmony in the natural world: its roots grow far down into the earth, while its branches reach upwards into the sky.  The trunk connects both of these worlds.  The Tree of Life also represents rebirth, losing its leaves during the autumn season, hibernating throughout the winter, and coming to life again in the spring to bear fruit in the summer. 

Walking the Labyrinth

Walking the Tree of Life Labyrinth, begin at the roots, meander to the upper crown, then continue walking through both the roots and crown, alternating to finish at the heart of the trunk.  Here, you will start your journey back to the beginning, a total of 1.3 kilometres.

Wishing you peace, relaxation, joy and healing on the path.

Artist’s Bio

Denis Bolohan

I have been creating sculptures, installations and site-specific land works for over 30 years.  Much of my work has been ephemeral in nature—snow sculptures, fire sculptures, crop and grass labyrinths that are allowed to grow out and return to the landscape.  I grew up, and still live, in a rural community: the land and our natural surroundings are never far from my thoughts and are major influences in both my daily life and my artwork.

I have been interested in labyrinths as outdoor, shared experiences in and of the landscape since 1999.  At that time, I executed the first crop labyrinth on my Essex County farm.  The purpose in creating this initial labyrinth was to recreate the experience of my interior art installations within the local farming environment.  Labyrinths within the landscape became, for me, a form of exterior installation: those walking the labyrinth were moving through an ever-changing, living work of art, and the work was completed only with the participation of those traveling through it.

Hooked wall hanging version of the Tree of Life Labyrinth created by the artist’s sister.