NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk Community College hosted its Sixth Annual NCC Feather Labyrinth recently at the East Campus on the hill between Richards Avenue and the north parking lot. NCC faculty, staff, students, alumni and neighbors constructed on Oct. 8, a feather labyrinth built from more than 1,200 primary wing feathers naturally molted by Canada geese and collected in Mountain Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport last June.
Titled “The Infinite Heart," the labyrinth was designed and engineered by NCC professor Renae Edge who oversaw the construction. The construction took the group 10 hours to complete.
The feathers are held in the ground simply by the compression of the soil and should remain in place until they are mowed next spring, according to a release from NCC.
The labyrinth’s design of eight concentric hearts symbolizes the limitless capacity of each person’s heart to grow in its ability to love, the release said.
It was inspired by Edge’s reactions to the events of this past summer, namely the shootings of civilians and the rhetoric of the presidential election, which made her, “keenly aware that life is radically different for people who were not born with white skin,” she explained.
Recognizing that she could not do anything to change another person’s heart, rather, only her own, she designed the labyrinth with three intentions:
First, to know her own heart; second, to recognize the fears that lead to thoughts that do not recognize the divine in others; and third, to grow her capacity to love all people, the release said.
Edge invites everyone to walk the labyrinth, keeping their own heart in mind. The entrance is marked by a large black and white turkey feather.
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