Where most people saw an overgrown field, Colin Drake saw an opportunity. “Basically, I would say that the field is just a large canvas,” Drake said. An architect by day, Drake has started creating mazes in his free time. He made his first maze six weeks ago, in an area around Highland Middle School that hadn’t been mowed in a while. He started carving out paths with his lawn mower, and reaction was so positive, Drake made three more in an odd-shaped field behind Atherton High School for everyone to enjoy. “This is a really strange time both in this city and across the globe, and it’s been funny. As we’ve been mowing, we’ve been dreaming about how this could be something more than one or two mazes sitting in a field by our house. If people knew this was here, it would bring anybody who wanted to make the trip and they would be welcome to enjoy this,” Drake said.Each of the three mazes at Atherton has a different degree of difficulty, to give people of different skill levels to participate. The most difficult is designed in an A like the school’s logo. “We’ve had times from 7-8 minutes, to up and over an hour. Won’t name names on who had that happen to them but we’ve had some very frustrated adults,” Drake said. “The kids seem to do alright, the adults seem to have the problems with them.”Drake makes and maintains the mazes for free. He hopes to partner with more JCPS schools and other entities to take them across the city. “What a wonderful amenity this could be for the city, as kind of a public arts project, but also as a social statement about how important it is that every person in the city feels like they have something to look forward to in a time that can be really stressful,” he said. You can read more about the mazes here, or follow along on the project’s Facebook page.

Where most people saw an overgrown field, Colin Drake saw an opportunity.

“Basically, I would say that the field is just a large canvas,” Drake said.

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An architect by day, Drake has started creating mazes in his free time. He made his first maze six weeks ago, in an area around Highland Middle School that hadn’t been mowed in a while. He started carving out paths with his lawn mower, and reaction was so positive, Drake made three more in an odd-shaped field behind Atherton High School for everyone to enjoy.

“This is a really strange time both in this city and across the globe, and it’s been funny. As we’ve been mowing, we’ve been dreaming about how this could be something more than one or two mazes sitting in a field by our house. If people knew this was here, it would bring anybody who wanted to make the trip and they would be welcome to enjoy this,” Drake said.

Each of the three mazes at Atherton has a different degree of difficulty, to give people of different skill levels to participate. The most difficult is designed in an A like the school’s logo.

“We’ve had times from 7-8 minutes, to up and over an hour. Won’t name names on who had that happen to them but we’ve had some very frustrated adults,” Drake said. “The kids seem to do alright, the adults seem to have the problems with them.”

Drake makes and maintains the mazes for free. He hopes to partner with more JCPS schools and other entities to take them across the city.

“What a wonderful amenity this could be for the city, as kind of a public arts project, but also as a social statement about how important it is that every person in the city feels like they have something to look forward to in a time that can be really stressful,” he said.

You can read more about the mazes here, or follow along on the project’s Facebook page.

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