For the last 3 weeks I've been in Nova Scotia helping build an ar!! Wthe h*ck is an art maze, you may be asking yourself. Well, it's quite hard to explain without experiencing it ....but I'll try.
14 years ago, Bernd, a professionally trained ceramic tile installer and his talented wife Nicole immigrated to Nova Scotia from Germany. The started a very successful ceramic installation business. A few years ago they also started to make functional art. This brought them to the idea to build an art maze made out of concrete, stone and plants.
Bernd had a love of mazes, ever since he was a child. About 15 years ago he again drew a maze. He kept the plan and decided to build it.
"Build it and they will come." comes to mind. But more like, start building it and they will come.
And that's what happened. Volunteers from all over the world have come to stay on Bernd and Nicole's property (with their own private pond with waterslide) to worked on this maze. Bernd's vision has plenty of room for the creative inspirations of others and he is more than happy to teach the necessary skills to make those artistic visions happen.
Now, I'm adding a bit of my own creativity, painting a huge mural on outside wall of the maze. I came wanting to learn concrete and mosaics, with no intentions of painting such a large piece..... it just happened..... and I'm totally into it.
Embracing one's childhood dreams rather than turning your back on them is a mentality I've had a hard time finding. Picasso said " Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Reconciling these feelings is what drew me to to maze. Truth is, I want to be around people who I can count on to inspire me and my "childish" imagination. People that are madly passionate about what they do. I have an undying adoration for people who dream and follow through on those dreams no matter the obstacle.
This has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I will definitely be going back, hopefully for the Grand Opening.