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A way is made by walking it. This is applicable all the more for the labyrinth. And on snow this is especially nice – and simply possible. Thus I tried to put into practise the theoretical / mathematical considerations of the last blog entries.

For that to happen, I memorized the path sequence of the respective thread of Ariadne, and repeated it over and over again like a mantra while trampling the path into the  snow. And I counted in which circuit I just was and which was the next to come. For one have to pay attention where and what circuits will be made later,  and leave enough place for them. Having a look at the providently printed drawing of the prototype before tracking the path will help.
After arriving the center I traced back one more time the whole long way to the beginning what was sometimes quite strenuous. One should not change the lane, this is a point of honor. And if one makes the distances between the single circuits greater than a hop, this is likewise not possible.

I have tried to implement all 7 new types. I have made some more often. My “favorite type” is at present 5674 1238. The path sequence as an eight digits figure can be noticed quite well in two groups of four. Then the well-known classical labyrinth would be e.g. the type 3214 7658.

Who wants, can investigate more exactly the different types in the below quoted post. And if someone liked to experience the path on one’s own, he may copy and print the drawings.

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This winter I have got snow shoes to tramp more beautiful Ariadne’s thread into the snow. I met the snow blanket suited for this in Hofkirchen i.M. Unfortunately, the sun was to be seen only very sporadic, so that I only made few labyrinths. I started with a 11 circuit classical labyrinth on a meadow behind the property of Prof. Gerhard Wünsche in Hamet. As a trial I added “my” 6 circuit Jericho labyrinth. And Gundula surprised with a 7 circuit “transition”  labyrinth. This arises if one does not go from the 5th circuit to the middle as usually in a classical labyrinth, but out again. Thus you get a  second entrance.

Here some impressions:

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We have a lot of snow here in Würzburg. On the terrace of the outdoor facilities at the centre for internal medicine of the university clinics of Würzburg (ZIM) is ordinarily in front of house A4 at level 0 a Chartres labyrinth. But this is completely covered by a blanket of snow. So I had the chance to walk directly at this point a snow labyrinth.

Classical labyrinth at the ZIM

Classical labyrinth at the ZIM

The 11 paths for the Chartres labyrinth are already a little more complicated and not so practical in the snow. Hence, I have decided to make a classical 7-circuit labyrinth. It looks a little bit crooked, but the design is correct.
At the moment it is not recommended to walk in light shoes. The snow is still quite deep. And some day the Chartres labyrinth will appear again.

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Maybe I should have followed the article of Grahame Gardner from Scotland a little better?

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Christmas 2010

Winter 2010

Winter 2010

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This year there is a real snow labyrinth for some time on the farm museum Grassemann in the Fichtelgebirge underneath the Ochsenkopf.

The director of the museum dug a Roman labyrinth into the snow with industrious aides on a surface of 40 x 40 meters. The way into the center amounts to 750 meters.

On rose Monday I visited it together with a small group. It was winter time and it snowed.

The labyrinth remains so long until the snow melts. Then the other meadow labyrinth will be accessible.

Thus a visit to Grassemann is always worthwhile.

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There is more information and details about the planned events  on the website Freilandmuseum Grassemann Warmensteinach.

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