Labryinthorum Portfolio

  • Chaplin’s Way Labyrinth, Wellesley, Massachusetts. This classical labyrinth is constructed of logs cut from the trees removed when the site was cleared. The paths are covered with fallen leaves from the surrounding trees. Over the years as the logs decay, the walls and path will become more unified. The path/wall combination is 2 ½ feet, making the labyrinth about 36 feet by 40 feet.
  • Chaplin’s Way Labyrinth, Wellesley, Massachusetts, in winter, covered in snow.
  • Cut Spiral Labyrinth, Gilsum, New Hampshire. This labyrinth is cut into a lawn with a lawnmower. The design is one developed with the owner of the property that appealed to him. The three outside paths begin as traditional classical design, the fourth path changes into a spiral and the three inside paths spiral to the center. The entrance is wider then usual because a low stone wall and a stone “patio” is planned for the facing wall and entrance to create a focal point for the landscape. The paths are 18 inches wide, the walls are 12 inches wide and the overall dimension is about 36 feet by 40 feet.
  • Temporary Snow Labyrinth, Wyoming, March 2009
  • Westborough Labyrinth, Westborough, MA. This labyrinth was constructed on the grounds of the Westborough State Psychiatric Hospital in Massachusetts. During the planning, we constructed a temporary labyrinth and noticed that some of the patients became agitated during their walk. We chose the Baltic wheel design because it has an “escape” from the center which calmed some of the patients. The walls are trenches filled with crushed stone. The labyrinth is 42 feet in diameter and was built by volunteers, hospital staff and patients.
  • Oakhill Labyrinth, Ramona, California.  This labyrinth is a seven circuit, classical design that meanders through an oak grove on a California hillside. The paths go around trees as necessary without upsetting the natural flow of the labyrinth experience. The walls are defined with local rock; the paths are mulch over the forest floor. The labyrinth is irregular in shape but approximately 50 feet by 70 feet in size.
  • Teton Labyrinth, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.   This labyrinth located on the grounds of a guest ranch that is a concession in the Grand Teton National Park.  Because of its location in the national park, no live plants could be cut to use in its construction so the paths are made in the open field of found materials on the site including twigs from pines, willows and sagebrush that is readily available at the site. This picture was taken when the labyrinth was first constructed. Since then additional material has been added to further define the walls. The path/wall combination is 6 feet allowing the labyrinth to be used by walkers and mounted riders. The labyrinth is a round classical design that is about 100 feet in diameter. The entrance and center of the labyrinth do not face the traditional east, but face west to take advantage of the spectacular view.
  • Sonoran Desert Labyrinth, Arizona. This labyrinth was built for a Yaqui shaman who uses it in his teachings. The labyrinth is based on the Tohono O’odham design associated with these people who were indigenous to the Sonoran Desert area. The walls are defined with small stones of volcanic basalt that was found nearby the site. The labyrinth is 34 ½ feet in diameter.
  • Church Street Labyrinth, Keene, New Hampshire. This classical labyrinth is painted onto an asphalt parking lot ½ a block off the busy Main Street in Keene, NH. The space serves as a parking lot during business hours but is usually car free evenings and weekends. The very public location lends to its discovery by many people not specifically looking for or expecting to find a labyrinth. The red paint used for the labyrinth is harmonious with the many brick buildings in the neighborhood. The diamond heart resulting from double center in this design is particularly attractive. The paths are 2 feet wide, the walls 6 inches wide and the overall dimension is about 35 feet by 40 feet.
  • Private residence Labyrinth, Tucson, AZ. This client had limited space in her backyard in suburban Tucson. The labyrinth is a three circuit classic design, eighteen feet in diameter and is constructed of crushed stone and river rock, native materials harmonious with the landscape. The labyrinth was constructed by a landscape company and when completed, one of the landscape crew walked the labyrinth, gave us a big smile and said “gracias”. Labyrinths touch all people.
  • This site was particularly challenging be cause of its small size. I designed a five circuit classical labyrinth that I was able to pivot so the entrance is at the end of the path from the upper yard. The walls are local cobblestone, which is used in other places on the property,  set into the ground with stone-dust. The paths are mulch. The use of local materials makes this labyrinth compatible with the surroundings
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