Delano woman builds labyrinth as public art installation

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Courtesy of Zoe Eckblad

It all started when Stephanie Etzel took a leadership class--forcing her to come up with a big-picture project. 

She and five other friends chose to build a labyrinth in Delano, Minn., modeled after the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France--a World Heritage Site built in the 13th century. The labyrinth was created as a "meditation path," meant to be walked as a form of self reflection.

The 52-foot wide public art installation finished construction Sunday, with a crew of pink-shirt clad volunteers digging, laying bricks and spreading grass seed to make the six friends' dream a reality. 

The labyrinth is located along the Crow River, near the corner of Rockford Avenue West and Babcock Boulevard.