Cotswolds garden design & build of a unicursal labyrinth
This labyrinth was built in a children’s garden, complete with ‘teletubby’ mounds, for a private client in the Cotswolds.
The labyrinth is a unicursal design, so, it has only a single, non-branching path, which leads to the center then back out the same way, with only one entry/exit point.
The stone setts are of Cotswold Purbeck stone
Unicursal labyrinths appeared as designs on pottery or basketry, as body art, and in etchings on walls of caves or churches. The Romans created many primarily decorative unicursal designs on walls and floors in tile or mosaic.
Unicursal patterns have been used historically both in group ritual and for private meditation, and are increasingly found for therapeutic use in hospitals and hospices.
The Labyrinth has been part of human consciousness for about 5 000 years with the oldest recorded Labyrinth being a stone-carved relief in Sardinia dating back to about 2 500 BC. A Labyrinth-patterned building dated about 1 800 BC can be found near the pyramid of Pharaoh Amenemhet III in Fayum, Egypt. A coin unearthed in Syria and dating back to 1 300 BC has a Labyrinth pattern pressed into it.