The Lines in a Labyrinth

There are many possibilities to design a labyrinth .

Some of it were already introduced here. Still more are following. In addition it is however good to look more exactly to the lines  of a classical labyrinth.

The Knidos labyrinth in 2 colours

The Knidos labyrinth in 2 colours

In this two-coloured drawing one can see very good that the labyrinth consists of 2 crossing lines. The one (here green here) line leads from the upper, left turning point to the lower right turning point. The other (here brown) line leads from the lower, left turning point to the upper, right turning point.

We look at the border lines of a classical labyrinth with large centre and 7 circuits. The path (Ariadne’s Thread) runs between the lines.

The Knidos labyrinth in 4 colours

The Knidos labyrinth in 4 colours

In this four-coloured drawing the lines begin/end in each case in the centre and end/begin at the 4 turning points.

It is more difficult to draw a labyrinth according to these specifications; the well-known basic pattern is much simpler. But it is more practical, if I want to place a labyrinth from ropes e.g.. How to do that exactly, we will see in a later post.

Ariadne's Thread

Ariadne's Thread

Here we have only one line before us. That is the way, or also the so-called thread of Ariadne  or the proverbial red thread. It is a uninterrupted line, which is not crossing anywhere and which leads on a devoured, but direct way from one end (at the beginning) to the other end (in the centre); and vice versa.

It is worth to remember the layout of this line to incorporate the labyrinth. The practical application is to step a labyrinth into the snow or to mow one into a meadow. Because then I build the path and not the delimitation.

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1 thought on “The Lines in a Labyrinth

  1. Isn’t if fun to see the different ways to make the Classical Labyrinth? I really like the four colors and how they change at the cross point. That is new to me and will be “turning” around in my mind for some time! Thank you!


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