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Are you ready to be a-mazed?

Labyrinths are the latest lawn accessory.


July 31, 2020

You know that scene in The Shining where Jack Nicholson’s son evades murder by darting through a maze of hedgerows?

The pandemic has homeowners hoping to recreate that — um — relaxing vibe.

No, really

Lars Howlett is the US’s premier labyrinth designer. They’re actually different from mazes — a maze has multiple dead ends. A labyrinth might be confusing, but there’s only one path.

Institutional labyrinth projects — schools, hospitals, and estates — are down, but private property owners are buying in. Howlett says the labyrinth “brings order out of a sense of chaos.”

But don’t take our word for it

There’s a vibrant community of labyrinthusiasts to help you get your calm on.

They seek out public puzzles, build their own out of pixels and found objects, and use hand-held models — which we interpret to mean the kind that comes with kids’ meals.

Bet you a chicken nugget we can find the end faster.

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