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By on October 16, 2006, with 25 Comments

Here’s pretty smart variation of MC Escher’s Moebius Ring coverd with ants. This Moebius Ring is formed out of ants walking forever and covering both sides of the ring. Click on the movie link in the comments section to see the whole video clip! First time I saw this I thought it was impossible, and searched for an answer. Then I realized that any ring you take can be cut, and connected, after you rotated one end of it for 180 degrees. Result will be Moebius Ring that you can follow with your finger, starting on one side, passing other side as you go on, returning you to the starting point – and so on infinately! Hope you understood what I ment ;) Jump inside this article for more pictures! Also be sure to check more Escher Inspired Optical Illusions.

Eschers Moebius Ring with Ants
Eschers Moebius Ring with Ants
Eschers Moebius Ring with Ants


25 Responses
  1. vurdlak says:

    Escher’s Moebius Ring with Ants Video Clip (7 MB Divx File)

  2. me says:

    yo i love moebius rings i think they’re soo cool……and i love the mathematics behind them too! gosh i love this site…kinda pathetic how im usually the first one to post though……i have no life…..

  3. napoleon says:

    so crazy

    so cool

    so gross!

  4. Mds says:

    Now if you get really bored… Make a mobius strip… draw a line along the strip (the path that the ants travel) and then cut along that line… Then do it again for the skinnier strip. Cool, no?

  5. Guayo says:

    Just wanted to say that the Moebius Ring only has ONE side.

  6. chick says:

    I hate ants…..

  7. Samu says:

    oh boy gotta love this site :))

  8. Pandas says:

    we did this in my science class one time in sixth grade. it was pretty cool. i didnt get it at the time though.

  9. Frak (Ubuntu X) says:

    This looks (exactly) like the screensaver in Gnome, a desktop manager in Linux, in fact this is the exact screensaver I use besides Galaxy.

  10. Anonymous says:

    WTF is Mofo?

  11. ugotitright says:

    this mobius ring is infact-impossible.Ive tested this out,the ring has 2 bends.A mobius ring with 2 bends cant travle around both sides,only with one.I love this site,btw.My favorites are impossible objects and escher style.

  12. Anonymous says:

    It is awsomely scary o.O

  13. Yshaool says:

    Esher was a jenius. I’m not sure why he selected the ants…
    You can find an explanation how to make the mobius ring here:
    Mobius strip
    It is a great symbol


    #4/Mds – This is a graphic representation of chaos theory. For another example, take the new ‘double twist mobius strip’ in your example and do the same thing, cutting down the centerline. This time the result is even more ‘unexpected”. ;)

  15. Morgan says:

    there are actualy three types of mobius rings.
    1. a 180 degrese twist
    2. a 360 degrese twist
    3. a 540 degrese twist

    if you cut them down the middle
    2. two interlocking rings
    3.a ring twise the size but in a figer 8(a loop in the middle)

    i love mobius rings

  16. comeon says:

    i love how all you guys know about these things but yet still don’t know how to spell..

  17. ricardux XD says:

    I have an equal screensaver to that of the ants.

  18. Grace says:

    Was the Vurdlak actually Vurdlak?

  19. MrsAtticusMitchell says:

    YUCK ants

  20. nonya says:

    makes me dizzy

  21. Andrew Cool says:

    Duh if you didn’t believe in Infiniti then your brain is retarded, and you would have never understood time, which I believe describes life, or is the inevibility of life. Is that life never ends, without human beings or not, there is always life and always a purpose, and with purpose there is life.

  22. Sue says:

    I never fail to be fascinated by the works of M C Escher….genius!

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