Labyrinth Research Bibliography

Bibliography of Studies Related to Labyrinth Research (.pdf 517K)

This downloadable Bibliography has all entries sorted by author. The entries in the bibliography have been categorized below by topic and also by type (doctoral dissertation, journal article etc.).

The sacred art of labyrinth design: Optimization of a liminal aesthetic

Clark, Y. Z.

The research outlined in this paper focuses on labyrinth design and facilitation as a creative practice and attention to details that can help to ensure the greatest potential for a beneficial labyrinth experience. Information was gathered through the design and creation of ephemeral, temporary, and permanent labyrinth installations, internet and library research, informal interviews with owners, builders, and fellow labyrinth visitors, and visits to and documentation of over 50 permanent labyrinth sites in New England.

This paper touches on the physiological and psychological effects of meditative walking and provides an overview of both practical and esoteric elements that inform the labyrinth design process. In addition to new installations, some other outcomes that have resulted from this research include an interactive online map of over 200 labyrinths in New England and two simple formulas for accurately calculating the path length of both 3- and 7-circuit Classical labyrinths.

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