The Long & Winding Road: Backyard Labyrinths

During a stroll along Cambridge’s scenic Memorial Drive last Sunday, we stumbled upon an interesting and unexpected design feature in the newly constructed Riverside Park: a labyrinth.

The labyrinth is an ancient symbol found in nearly every cultural tradition. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth consists of a single, non-branching path, which leads to the center. Traditionally used for meditation or prayer, they can add fun and reflective design element to the backyard — not to mention a great conversation piece for your next barbecue.

The typical backyard labyrinth requires about a 10×10 foot area and can be constructed using virtually any outdoor material. Don’t have that much space? Try a classical finger labyrinth like this one from Gold Light Ceramics.

Images: Ronee Saroff, Ms. Newburn’s Math & Science Blog, Craig Goodwin, Catherine Anderson, Golden Light Ceramics

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