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By on May 9, 2006, with 23 Comments

This image is one of the most recognized among M.C. Escher’s work. Escher titled it “Relativity”, and we can clearly conclude why. You might also wan’t to check Escher’s “Ascending” and “Waterfall” which were posted here on Mighty Optical Illusions in the past.

  • jamcla

    it’s a drawwing

    • KMR

      Can you do a better, or more famous drawing like this?

  • jamcla

    it’s not that neat it’s only a drawing

    • http://gmail.com Andrewpoky

      party pooper…

    • ChrisChaos

      What do you mean, it’s ‘Only’ a drawing,
      It’s a fantastic work, doesn’t matter if it was drawn, etched on copper plate, constucted in a software enviroment or chalked out on a pavement.

      Lets see you draw, with a pencil, something simple like a Mobius strip with just a single line of ants on it for our delight then

  • niki

    some one should make a digital version, that would be wicked (if it even posible)!!!

  • Harald Seiwert


    some years ago I did a digital version of Escher’s “relativity” made with Bryce and Poser:

    Escher’s relativity

  • Pandas

    still classic

  • meeow =^_^=

    very nice

  • Anonymous

    its a classic

  • Mark

    Dear jamda, it’s not a drawing it’s an etch. Escher carved this ‘drawing’ in a copper plate using a sharp metal pen. He had to etch it mirrored so it would come out the way he wanted it seen. Ink would then be rolled on the plate and gather in the carved lines. The plate would then be pressed on a piece of paper. After that the proces would be repeated. Escher didn’t have the luxury of using a computer or other modern graphic devices. He made this etch in 1953!

  • Anonymous

    could you draw this from your own mind? i didn’t think so

  • KCS

    Einstein’s theory as explained by the artist!

  • Stewie

    its crazystairs

  • john

    no duh its a drawing

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sayantini-Sen/1788861606 Sayantini Sen

    ^_^ good….really tricky 2 observe…

  • DOdo

    Whats the main thing we wanna find here?

  • Conrad

    this hurt my brains

  • Thundersong

    what does it mean…
    (don’t answer that)

  • cindy

    it a drawing u cn tell tht b weird if it was real (^_-”)

  • Jasmine

    If you think it is just a drawing, then you are just a vessel.

  • Agust


  • Maksim

    Here’s a Lego version of this illusion (for those crying that it’s “just a drawing”).