Archive for the ‘outdoor’ Category

Weed Whacked Labyrinth in Suburban Lawn

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

This labyrinth was created by taking a weed whacker to my lawn.  It’s about 25-30 feet across.  This was done in my back yard, but it may crop up in my front yard one day.  If you’re lawn is big enough, you could just put your lawn mower at a lower setting and mow the paths.  Or go for a 4 circuit path.  This is a great way to temporarily test a design before installing more permanent or expensive materials.

Maryland – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

6030 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
United States

Medieval
60 foot diameter, 11 circuit turf design with pavers for delineation of the lines and turns. Based on the ancient turf labyrinth on Breamore Down in Hampshire, England.

This location also had a large acrylic labyrinth.  This is for those who might not be able to physically walk the labyrinth, they can follow the smooth grooves in a labyrinth shape.

Maryland – Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Classic 7 circuit labyrinth.  Media is brick on mulch.  Interesting interlocking brick/pavers that give smooth lines.  Labyrinth can be found in the back of the parking lot on the right hand side in the grass.

1657 Crofton Parkway
Crofton, Maryland 21114
United States

Maryland – Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

This labyrinth was near a YMCA.  It’s one of the largest in Baltimore.  It has very large flagstones.

Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation
Stadium Place
1000 E. 33rd St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Located on the site of the old Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street – between Greenmount Avenue and Loch Raven Blvd.    The labyirnth is a Santa Rosa, blue flagstone labyrinth, placed at the spiritual entryway to Stadium Place.

Maryland – St Matthew Church

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

St Matthews LabyrinthSt Matthew Church
5400 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, Maryland 21239

This labyrinth is located behind the church, behind the parking lot.  This picture was snapped around sunset.  There was no outdoor lighting for evening, which is why this picture is so blurry.  Below is a more detailed photo taken with the flash on my camera.

Maryland – Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Monday, December 1st, 2008

This labyrinth is found inside the circle driveway of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts I’ve mentioned this labyrinth to several people who’ve been to Maryland Hall and have never seen this labyrinth.  It is screened by hedges and has a bench at one end.

801 Chase Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
United States

This 12 circuit Chartres labyrinth is a stone paver labyrinth and is made by The Labyrinth CompanyThe center has the rose motif common to the Chartres labyrinth that looks so complicated pieced together, when cut from stone.

How to Create a Christmas Light Labyrinth

Monday, December 1st, 2008

This labyrinth was created in my backyard last year.  It was a test for when I created one at my church and only had one hour of setup, and had to do it without any drop cloth or pattern to follow (see photo below).  I’m going to explain to you how to create a Christmas light labyrinth.  But first I have to say something about safety.

Figure 1

I’m a bit of a loose canon when it comes to electricity.  I know you’re suppose to follow the ratings on the Christmas lights, as to how many you can link together.  Electricians may also talk about how many you can hook into one outlet, or even outlets on the same circuit breakers.   Check the directions and the ratings of your lights and follow them carefully.   Now on to the fun stuff.

In this example I did a 4 circuit (4 circle) labyrinth based on the Chartres labyrinth style.  I didn’t do any measurements in advance so I didn’t know if I’d have enough lights.  If you’re handy with geometry, you could calculate the circumference of the circles and add extra for the back tracking.

To create a labyrinth using Christmas lights, simply follow the path with a coil of lights on your right (blue line, Fig.1) and a coil of lights on your left (red line, Fig.1)  When you get to a section where the line stops, simply backtrack and continue to follow the path.