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The 5-Fold Labyrinth

Burning Man 2002

By Robert McNally

ironwolf@dangerousgames.com
All text and images copyright © 2002



My project this year was simple-- a 90' diameter walking labyrinth of my own design, incorporating 5-fold symmetry. Most traditional labyrinths are based on 4-fold symmetry, and I wanted to explore how another symmetry might work.

I laid out the labyrinth using twine, tent-stakes, and a yardstick. I also used a piece of wood marked with lines at 72-degree angles as a protractor that I staked down in the center while doing the layout. I then used a shovel to engrave the lines a couple of inches deep into the playa. I would return every day or two to refresh the labyrinth by lightly re-engraving it.

You will probably need to use your browser's horizontal scroll bar to see the entire photograph below. (Yes, it's a little cut off on the right.)


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