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Mazes and Labyrinths

26 27 Far from being a dead art, traditional labyrinths have been springing up all over the country in recent years. The quartered ninecircuit design shown opposite is a good example. Originally a Roman mosaic design from Conimbriga in Portugal, it can now be found as a hedge labyrinth at Cawdor Castle, in Nairnshire, Scotland, where it was planted in 1981. The form is known as a doublemeander, which means that walker is required to zigzag twice within each quarter before moving on to the next. There are no circumnavigatory paths and, enticingly, the walker is repeatedly presented with his or her proximity to the centre before finally getting there. The Romans were keen labyrinth builders, and their mosaics often showed the hero Theseus at the centre, killing the terrible Minotaur. Strangely, Daedalus, who designed the labyrinth, also used the pattern in a great dance floor he built for Aridane. Try folding up the design like a fan from the bottom see page 21, and you will get the doublemeander border below. CAwDOr CASTlE a modern doublemeander
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