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.
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Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a canvas Chartres labyrinth for laying on the floor in a small space and walking on top of it. The cloth is about 3 feet by 3 feet (sharpie pen for scale) I used 6 different colors on each circle to keep track of which circle you were walking. I came up with this idea after reading Karen’s website on making walkable labyrinths in a small space. She drew the the lines for the labyrinth, and then drew a colored pattern in each path between the lines. I opted to skip drawing the traditional lines, and just drew the colored paths.
You might be wondering why there is such a large center. If you try to make a normal scaled Chratres laybrinth you will find that the turns in the center are two tight to make a meditative walk. By making the paths thin and on the edges of the cloth, it opens up the turns.
After walking this design I found that it wasn’t quite the same as walking a full scale Chartres. I guess I’ll never be happy until I have a 12 circuit design between 30-50 feet I found myself concentrating on the turns, and then cruising the arcs. Again there’s another metaphor for life in here. You set for a goal, and end up with unexptected turns and back tracking before reaching your final destination.