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During the labyrinth congress in Valguma Pasaule a new labyrinth of special kind was initiated: A labyrinth of the type Baltic wheel whose boundary lines are formed by man-shaped name panels with Latvian first names.

In Latvia the name day has a bigger meaning than the birthday.

The participants of the congress completed a part of about 1500 prepared little figures with the inscription of names. Now these little wooden figures had to be put into the sandy soil on two iron sticks. There were not enough panels and some have not been lettered yet. The labyrinth was opened solemnly together with the Latvian musician’s family Igauņi. Afterwards everybody celebrated the opening with Latvian folk music and folk dances accompanied by a first-rate dinner.

Once more Vita Beļavniece and Viesturs Serdāns have created something special in Valguma Pasaule with this labyrinth and have contributed another one to the already existing labyrinths .

The layout

The layout

The labyrinth came into being in connection with the barefoot path on a specially heaped up sandy surface in the wood. The paths are 1 m wide, the middle surrounding a tree has a size of about 8.5 m and the whole diameter is about 26.5 m. The simple way into the center is about 492 m long, the boundary lines with the little figures are about 540 m long. A striking tree stands in the middle, two others form the gate.

The Baltic wheel is suited especially well for groups, because one can walk in and out in pairs side by side. There is an aditional short path on which you can enter or leave the Labyrinth more quickly as this path leads directly to the middle.

Here some photographic impressions:

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During the labyrinth congress in Latvia I could also experience a pavement labyrinth type Chartres besides the classical labyrinth and the Baltic wheel. Vita and Viesturs put it on in 2010 beyond the property on a meadow at the edge of the forest. The photo of a similar labyrinth in the gardens of the world in Berlin Marzahn was obviously taken as model for this labyrinth. They probably did not have an exact plan. Thus I have taken some measurements and developed this drawing:

The layout

The layout

The paths and the limitation lines are each 40 cm wide. The paths are formed by 6 rows of bright granite stones, the limitation lines by 7 rows of dark stones. The middle has a diameter of 1.80 m, built of 8 rows of bright stones and the center piece measures 80 cm in diameter. The center piece is formed by one single plate of reddish granite with a width of 80 cm and has a slightly convex shape.

The paths and lines are framed by 7 rows of dark stones in a width of about 77 cm. The paved surface has therefore a diameter of 21 m. A 2.50-m-wide way from grit joins this, surrounded by bigger fieldstones.
The path length from the outside up to the central midpoint amounts to a total of 371 m.

The labyrinth ist to be recognized on Google Earth. The geographic coordinates are N 56° 58′ 55″, E 23° 18′ 9″.

Aerial view

Aerial view

Here are some photographic impressions:

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At the last labyrinth congress in Latvia I could experience a classical labyrinth with quite an unusual shape.

Here a few pictures:

The path on the soil was about 40 cm wide, the limitation stones measured about 30 cm and were embedded in 25 cm wide stripes of grass on each side. The middle section was quite big with a round flowerbed in it. The total path length was stated with 232 m.

So now what is so special about this labyrinth?

The special feature is that the middle section is much bigger than usual and that the four turning points are not arranged in a square and therefore do not form a cross as we know it from the Cretan labyrinth. Thus the labyrinth is of almost perfectly circular form.

The prototype

The prototype

Here I would like to show by a (left handed) prototype how one could construct it best of all. I use the unity of 1 m as dimension between axes, so that the labyrinth can be scaled into different dimensions.

The main construction

The main construction

We begin with the definition of the midpoint M1 and the both upper turning points M2 and M3. Using point M3 and M1 we determine point M4 with the measurements 6.00 m and 6.50 m. After that point M5 is fixed with with the measurements 4.00 m from M4 and 5.50 m from M1.

Thus we marked the midpoints for all curves and the four turning points M2, M3, M4 and M5.

After that all the different arcs are to be marked out and the labyrinth with its limitation lines is finished.

Layout drawing

Layout drawing

Here you can see/print/save/copy the layout drawing as a PDF file  …

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