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Daryl Toops of icdst.com wrote: “Designed by me back in 1994. I was trying some ideas based on MC Escher’s waterfall, and came up with the center design. Later in art school, I designed the outside curves with a compass. I still have the original artwork inked on vellum, with amberlith layers cut out for the colors. I recreated it in illustrator a few years later. This is a 600×600, 72 dpi jpg file for web use.” I hope you people like this illusion. Thanks to Daryl for this original submission!

Inspired by MC Escher


25 Responses
  1. Jock. says:

    Well done to Daryl Toops!

    This would be a great tattoo :)

  2. Postmaster says:

    this is not real illusion.:SSS

  3. the cool guy says:

    totally awesome!

  4. Motob42 says:

    wonderfull, examinating as perfect as posible, it would be easy to understand how could be possible to build a compas making squares, like design seems to show it.

  5. Motorboating says:

    sweet skils

  6. Olga says:

    very nice indeed.

  7. guess who says:

    totally awsome….i agree with the tattoo idea:P :) keep ‘em comin

  8. me~~~ says:

    It seems a bit too much illusion. It would be great if the cross-shaped object in the center is in ordinary (not-twisted) shape. Therefore, the illusion shapes on the side could be more stand-out.

  9. sbredflag says:

    In firefox if you scroll up and down with the arrow keys (not the wheel) It looks kinda cool

  10. er says:

    I like it!

  11. er says:

    Nice. I like it!

  12. Carl C. says:

    I like the idea, but I don’t like the assymmetry of the outer loop. The circular slices do not seem to be oriented in any kind of logical manner around the center cross. Other than that minor gripe, it’s really cool.

  13. Daryl Toops says:

    To answer some questions,

    The compass I used is the drawing tool that lets you make curved lines, not the tool that shows you which direction is north.

    If the shape in the middle was a plain cross, the outside loses impact. I tried this on a printed catalog several years ago. It is more interesting (to me) with the center 3d cross.

    On the outside assymmetric loops, it looks better with 3. I have tried 2, 4, and 5, and with more gaps, there is less length available to fool the eye. 3 seems to look the best to most of the people I have showed different versions to.

    Thanks for your kind comments, my next design should be posted soon.

    Daryl Toops

  14. Dylan says:

    Wow, I never knew people could be fascinated by this sort of artwork. You guys take contemporary artwork to a whole new level of shit.

  15. cRoman says:

    Shut up Dylan, shut up Postmaster. This design is pretty sweet.

  16. Carls.jr says:


  17. Pandas says:

    i love impossible shapes

  18. meeow =^_^= says:

    very good I LOVE THIS SITE!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    brill, really fab, wicked, nice…

  20. sizwe says:

    its just a drawring

  21. Rhiannon says:

    Wow! Cool!

  22. ted says:

    This illusion is real enough for me.

  23. Steve says:

    Cool stuff Daryl,and inspired by MC Escher.
    Who would have known?
    I think you should get inspired by Piet Mondrian next.
    Take Care, and good luck.

  24. cheese says:

    OMG! secret nazi!

  25. Roula says:

    very smart,I like it.

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