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By on April 25, 2006, with 24 Comments

Few days ago I checked my mailbox and noticed three of our readers submitted and suggested Escher’s Waterfall to our optical illusions database. We love Escher, and have posted his work in the paste: “Staircase”, “Ascending”, “Tribute To MC Escher”, “Escher’s Google Earth”… Thanks to Wong Wen Yen here we have high-res picture of Impossible Waterfall. But wait… That’s not all! If you jump inside this article you will notice a video clip of Escher’s Waterfall masterfully recreated by Shigeo Fukuda. The water really seems to flow uphill in this small scale model. Previously I posted “Underground Piano”, also done by Fukuda. Check it. But first, jump inside this post to see Waterfall video clip sent to us by Jason Ahn and Eddie Tio.

“Everything seems to be in place, yet we seem to be in a strange universe where water flows uphill. What is wrong with it? Well, nothing is wrong with it. It is just our minds trying to equate the lines Escher drew with what our senses perceive of the real world.”

Here’s another videoclip of “Waterfall” I found on YouTube. The only difference is that this one wasn’t constructed in real life, but instead made digitally. Never the less explantions are here…

  • cool


  • Hai

    oh i get it now…

  • Sher-Bear


  • kiki

    i still dont get it where does the water come from i mean they just cant stay there

  • Mav

    WOW!! This is really clever…

  • Bippy

    ahh, clever, now i get it

  • Pandas

    that is just awesome. i love youtube. i love this site too.

  • klimax

    omg i have that exact painting in my house for the longest while. :s

  • meeow =^_^=

    i love that

  • Eclipse

    Yay! He’s my friend, I shall keep this page forever an’ ever.


  • The Smart one.

    Wow, ive seen it a million times before, but i just love it. Anyone notice the garden near the little dude? It makes the affect that you might be underwater.. adding a whole new level to the picture. I hail Escher! This picture is everywhere in the Calgary Science Centre.

  • BigEscherFan30

    I have ALWAYS enjoyed looking @ Escher’s artwork!!! I LOVE his stuff!

  • Anonymous

    that is cool i dident think that is how u do it

  • Anonymous

    yeah, a great illusion. im a big fan of escers work

  • Anonymous

    nice but the first vid is removed “due to terms of violation”

    It sure looks impossible thou


  • http://www.youtube.com The Lion king kid

    i have a pic of dat in ma skool. but its still cool!

  • fan

    it appears the water is moving away, yet it ends up at the same place it started.

  • Lultrain

    my house looks like that

  • Drew

    In God of War 3 (a game for PS3, FYI) they have a puzzle based on this very picture. It had to be the most creative thing I’ve seen in a video game.

    • nizzy

      there is a puzzle in god of war 3 that is based on this pic

  • http://www.craftstoneaustralia.com.au Stacked Stone Guy

    I love impossible art like this:)

  • Jim D

    It’s YouTube video number CAJnr5_p1qk (just search YouTube for that number). Explanations are on the linked videos. (Lots of good stuff to be found if you Google “Shigeo Fukuda” — the guy is a master of illusions.)

  • Somebody

    Its like that in the southern hempishere right?

  • ichklanochcavitch

    just like a lazy river. i dunno how its doing it but im too lazy to try it