In one of his articles, Andreas introduced the relatives of the labyrinth type Gossembrot 51 r.
Today I want to take a closer look at the dual version.
I particularly like this. This is because the outermost circuit (1) lead around all sectors. In the original, the innermost (7) completely circles the center.
And because it can be centered. The entrance takes place on the 3rd ring and the center is reached from the 5th ring. This also creates a small empty space.
I also like the rhythm, it is reminiscent of that of the Chartres labyrinth. It goes quickly to the middle and then follows the long walking in all sectors. Pretty much at the end you come back very close to the entrance, circle the entire labyrinth and then quickly get to the center.
An inverted pentagram is drawn in the middle in Gossembrot’s handwriting. I tried to fully integrate that. The top of the star points down. It is oriented in the direction of the 5 axes. Gossembrot designed the labyrinth around 1480. So this arrangement has no satanic character at all. These ideas only appeared in the middle of the 19th century.
I expressly recommend the excellent article on Wikipedia (see link below) about the geometry and meaning of the pentagram.
The five axes also tempt you to choose a pentagonal layout. The same widths for the lines (in black) and the paths (in white) and the angular edges also give it a spatial effect.
Here is Ariadne’s thread in pentagonal shape:
The effect is spatial, but it seems to go deeper.
Who dares to build such a labyrinth as a walkable labyrinth?
As far as I know there is not a single copy worldwide. It looks new and modern, but its origins go back over 500 years.
The star in the middle, on the other hand, could be left out or only slightly indicated. It is not an element in the type, but is part of the style, similar to the six “petals” in the Chartres labyrinth.
An empty center is always inviting and open to a wide variety of applications.
- Wikipedia: Pentagram