The Luan Labyrinth

Andreas recently brought into play the sand drawing “Luan” on Malekula, which Hermann Kern rejected as a labyrinth. It represents an uninterrupted line, but without an entrance or an access to the center.

Figure 1. Figure Luan
Figure 1. Figure “Luan”

But it attracted me to try to make a “real” labyrinth out of it. To do this, there must be a beginning and an end. This is easily done by cutting the unbroken line at one point. And then you bend the end piece towards the center. I took the lowest point of the outer line.

This is how the drawing will look as a labyrinth figure in concentric form:

The 5-circuit Luan Labyrinth
The 5-circuit Luan Labyrinth

The figure may look quite different from the original at first glance, but the lines are identical. The labyrinth has five circuits and four axes with three double barriers and passes through four sectors. The entrance to the labyrinth is on the first circuit, as is the entrance to the center. The path moves in serpentines towards and away from the center. It is a sector labyrinth and is reminiscent of the Roman labyrinths in serpentine form.

From a design point of view, I don’t really like the entrance to the labyrinth on the first circuit. By the way, an entrance to the center from the last circuit is not very happy either. Both are often seen in newly designed labyrinths.
How can this be changed? The easiest way to do this is to choose only two double barriers instead of three, thus obtaining three sectors.

This is how it looks then:

The 5-circuit, 3-axle Luan Labyrinth
The 5-circuit, 3-axle Luan Labyrinth

The entrance to the labyrinth is on the 5th circuit and the entrance to the center is again from the 1st circuit as in the four-axis labyrinth.

Now we want to work a bit more on the reshaping. What would it look like if I arranged only 3 circuits instead of the 5?

The 3-circuit Luan Labyrinth
The 3-circuit Luan Labyrinth

Now this is very reminiscent of labyrinths shown earlier in this blog (see related posts below), especially the 3 circuit Chartres labyrinth.

Very topically to this Denny Dyke offers a necklace with pendant with exactly this labyrinth on his website:

Necklace from Circles in the Sand
Necklace from Circles in the Sand

This shows once again how interesting the subject of labyrinths can be.

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3 thoughts on “The Luan Labyrinth

  1. In my terminology these are no double barriers but single barriers although directly side by side to each other. Main axis isn’t double barriers either. Double barriers are made up of two nested turns.

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  2. Interesting transformations! I am curious about the counting of double barriers – in your first concentric form, does the path from outer circuit to centre not count as a double barrier?


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