The labyrinth in its simplest form is one with 3 circuits. For some people it is not a “real” labyrinth because the path is leading directly into the centre without being closer and then farther away from it.
As there is no universally valid definition for the labyrinth, we may nevertheless consider this labyrinth as a real one.
How do we get one?
The basic pattern to make a 7-circuit classical labyrinth is known, in the meantime, probably by all readers of this blog. (If not, please take a look here.)
No 3-circuit historical labyrinths are known, it is made from a reduction of the basic pattern. If one omits the four angles, only the cross and the four dots are remaining.
This reminds a little: Dot, dot, comma, dash – smiley face in a flash :-). However, it is really so simple to make a labyrinth, and this is why it is a child’s play to draw one this way.
Tip for right hander: Begin at the left end. Left-handed persons are beginning at the right end. The lines may become crooked.
Here a few examples of 3-circuit labyrinths:
The first picture shows a gem of Alexander Lautenbacher.
The central picture shows the shoe labyrinth from Schwäbisch Hall. The four “shoe lines” are beginning in the central intersection point.
The last picture shows the graphic on the invitation card from the Labyrinth Society for the Gathering this year.