These are not strictly labyrinths. A labyrinth is a subclass of maze, one that is unicursal, i.e. with no branching of the path. A labyrinth has only one route & is not a puzzle like a multicursal (branching) maze. People who look for relaxing meditative 'New Age' style spirituality & symbolism in mazes tend to concentrate on labyrinths. However, I am doing these coloured mazes/labyrinths mainly just because I like the look of them and, although relatively lacking in mathematical symmetry, random multicursal mazes can be nevertheless pretty when coloured in. However I have avoided random mazes with loops because they would result different parts of the spectrum cycle abruptly meeting. Hence the paths in these are dendric structure which slightly remind me of metallurgy.
To generate the random templates for these mazes, I used John Lauro's online CGI maze generator Maze Maker. The 'length' factor referred to below is a parameter of that maze generator which determines the likely distance that paths go before turning. The number of cells refers to path, not wall, cells in width & height.
A random maze with random turns anywhere.
Like the previous one but with a tendency to straighter paths giving a less organic, more mechanistic feel.
Even straighter paths. As they are now of similar scale to the dimensions of the maze, it mostly only turns & branches where it is forced to where continuing straight would collide with the boundary or with a previously drawn path (rather like in the old Light Cycles or Snake games where one had to avoid hitting ones own growing tail).
Bigger grid (but same size image as I did not magnify the output as much).
These where generated from John Lauro's online CGI maze generator Maze Maker by setting the path width & wall widths to 1 pixel, the wall colour to (0,0,0) and the path colour to (255,255,255). They were then edited to remove the 1 pixel wide white border, seal the entrance and exit & mark the start point next to where the entrance was (so, other than cropping the border, only 3 pixels per maze have been edited!). Go to Maze Maker to generate your own mazes.
|Maze, 25 x 25 cell, length 0|
|Maze, 25 x 25 cell, length 5|
|Maze, 25 x 25 cell, length 50|
|Maze, 50 x 50 cell, length 0|
|Maze, 50 x 50 cell, length 5|
|Maze, 50 x 50 cell, length 50|
|Maze, 100 x 100 cell, length 0|
|Maze, 100 x 100 cell, length 5|
|Maze, 100 x 100 cell, length 50|
For more, go up to the Rainbow Labyrinth Gallery home page.