Wishing labyrinth a hit at World Museum

25 April 2012

LJMU's contribution to a weekend of events at Liverpool’s World Museum had families in their hundreds making wishes.

Image of people placing paper with written wishes onto the wishing tree in World Museunm LiverpoolThe team from LJMU's creative facilitation environment The Automatic®™, along with students from the Liverpool Screen School, installed a 'Wishing Labyrinth' at the Museum on the weekend of 21 and 22 April.

Over the two day event, nearly 2,000 people walked the labyrinth which had a 'Wishing Tree' at its centre. Children were invited to walk into the centre of the labyrinth and hang their wishes - written on crafted leaves – onto the tree, before winding their way out of the ancient reflective pathway.

Some of the wishes children left on the wishing tree included:

"I wish I was a triangle."
"I wish my dad was out of prison."
"I wish that people didn't kill animals for skin,"
"I wish I could fly."

Gareth Price, Creative Facilitator at The Automatic®™ said:

"The event was a huge success and it was interesting to see how the children very naturally interacted with the labyrinth. As always, this ancient symbol seemed to provoke thought and stimulate ideas in a non-threatening and relaxing environment."

Gina Couch, the World Museum’s Education Manager, commenting on The Automatic's®™ contribution to the event, added:

"The labyrinth worked really well and was enjoyed by so many. I felt the whole event worked really well and would love to work with you again."

This was endorsed by the Gallery Manager, John Fitton:

"I just wanted to add to my comments at the weekend to say how well I thought the activities went. The whole thing gave a lovely feel to the Museum’s Theatre space. Please, please, please can we have more of this?"

Image of wishing tree and labyrinth in Liverpool World MuseumThe labyrinth has been part of many traditions across the world for thousands of years but has seen a renaissance in recent years as a learning and development tool. The Automatic has used it successfully for structured reflection and for fostering creativity as part of leadership and management development sessions for individuals and teams from the public, private and social sectors. These workshops have consistently received positive responses and the same was true at the World Museum, proving that children as well as adults seem to find the labyrinth relaxing, stimulating and fun.

A candle-lit labyrinth will be constructed outside the Metropolitan Cathedral on Friday 18 May as part of the Light Night Festival.

For further information about using the labyrinth or about The Automatic®™, please contact Kirsty Barr: K.Barr@ljmu.ac.uk or call: 07968 422451

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