MY FRIEND JOY is one of those creative types whose talent and energy seem endless.
She carves and builds and creates, always working on some project that enhances the rural Faribault home she shares with her husband, Steve.
Indoors and out, Joy’s house and yard reflect her individuality, her appreciation for family and history and that which is old or useful or meaningful. Her faith is often interwoven into her projects.
A few years ago, Joy constructed a labyrinth outside her walk-out basement. It presents for impressive and practical backyard art.
Until this past summer, I’d only seen the labyrinth in the dark, walking it during an evening campfire. I wasn’t prepared for the stunning beauty of this twisting path in the fading hours of daylight.
No wonder this took my friend some three years to construct. She began the labyrinth in 2010, laying selected tile into sections of concrete. Some of those tiles were sample tiles acquired from a friend.
Joy proves always resourceful in reusing and repurposing. There’s not much she will throw.
Grandchildren imprinted hands and footprints.
Memories. Faith. Time. All are intertwined here.
At least once a week, if not more, Joy walks this labyrinth. It is her quiet place, her place of prayer. Right here, created by her gifted hands, in her backyard.
© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling