In former posts (see below) Andreas and I had presented new and up to know unknown 7 circuit labyrinths. We described them from the theoretical point of view. Therefore the practical part shall be of interest in this post.
I had made some “exercises” in wintertime. On snow it is best to construct directly the path of a labyrinth, Ariadne’s thread.
If one wants to experience these labyrinths in sand on the beach for example, it is better to draw the limitation lines.
The circular shape is very good suited for this. I present the labyrinths in some drawings and instructions.
I would be glad if I could inspire as many as possible labyrinth enthusiasts to try out the look and feeling of these labyrinths.
In the drawings the contained seed pattern is set down in colour. In the circular labyrinth with the path sequence 3-2-1-4-7-6-5-8 (the classical or Cretan type) one can recognise that the right half of the pattern is shifted upwards one path width.
The seed pattern is simplified a little bit. The horizontal bars of the central cross and the angles are circular, so that one needs only the vertical lines of the pattern. To complete the labyrinth one can connect, as usual, from the left to the right (or vice versa) all free points and free line ends with each other.
In sand one scratches meaningfully all eight circles entirely on the ground and constructs afterwards the vertical lines. Besides, one should pay attention to the situation of the main axis. The superfluous parts of the circles can be easily “rubed out”. The real boundary lines can be intensified.
In the design drawings the way is 50 cm wide, the middle has 2 m of diameter (= the fourfold of the path width). Thereby one gets a whole diameter of 9 m. Then the line length amounts to about 138 m and the way into the center will be about 120 m.
The whole can be scaled. That means: Should the labyrinth become twice as big, e.g., the diameter should have 18 m, one multiplies all values by two. Then the path would be 1 m wide and one would have to cover 240 m to reach the center.
The different labyrinth types can best made out by the path sequence. This is the order in which the single circuits are worked through.
Here as an arrangement all eight types (Click to enlarge, print or save):
The last example, the type 5674 1238, is the only self-dual one beside the classical (Cretan) labyrinth (type 3214 7658). This shows its high quality.
Hence, it would be worth to be built as a walkable, permament labyrinth. Worldwide there is not yet one, as far as I know. Who starts?
For all diligent labyrinth builders: Here are design drawings as PDF files of all types to see, print or copy: