Square Seeds and Round Paths: Exploring Patterns within the Art of Classical Labyrinths

David Thompson and Diana Cheng
Proceedings of Bridges 2015: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2015)
Pages 555–558


In this workshop, participants will explore middle and secondary level mathematics inherent in classical labyrinths. These labyrinths are constructed with a square interior and a combination of semi-circles and quarter-circles of different radii comprising the exterior. Some patterns and properties of labyrinths that participants will examine include the number of circuits, lengths of radii, perimeters and areas as functions of number of points used in the construction of the labyrinth.