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Lego Penrose Stairs IllusionSeems when M. C. Escher created his famous lithograph Ascending and Descending (all the way back in 1960.), he didn’t have a slightest clew how many people will get inspired by this exceptional deceiving work! Just look how cute R. Watson’s escher-inspired Lego Penrose turned out to be!

But what I also think, is that it couldn’t hurt encouraging your little toddlers to try and construct something similar on their own! Not only will you motivate them to “mathematically” analyze the 3D space, they will also learn the beauty behind optical illusions, and educate themselves while doing it! When Escher chose to construct this deception, he placed the staircase on the roof of a building and structured the building to convey an impression of conformity to strong (but inconsistent) vanishing points. He has the right vanishing point higher than the left one.

Lego Penrose Stairs Illusion
Lego Penrose Stairs Illusion
Lego Penrose Stairs Illusion


19 Responses
  1. seb12 says:

    the second photo reveals how it works

  2. NeeL says:

    Just look at the smuck grin at his face thinking he rules the world by walking up and up to the highest place.
    Pathetic how he doesn’t realize he is the joke of the day, not able to get any higher!

    (Talking trash about Lego makes me feel good about myself…) :(

  3. jaecool says:

    The vertical streak of light INSIDE the well also gives away how it was made. Very good though!

    • im cool like that says:

      it has a start and an end. its NOT impossible!
      it goes up, turns, carries on going up, turns and then finishes. its just the angle the photo is taken that makes it look endless.

  4. The Best says:

    I saw the solition at the first picture, this illusion is no so good as the others

  5. jaecool says:

    .. and the inconsistent perspective on the steps. These kind of shots are best taken from a long distance with a long lens to minimise perspective distortion.

  6. WhoAmI says:

    the sun light spoiled it

  7. Anh Pham says:

    ha ha, a right angle for the camera to make this, not too badddddd.

  8. This is a perfect gift for my nephew. The first photo is really an optical illusion. Nice stuff.

  9. Andrewpoky says:

    Cool!! i can make my own paradox now!

  10. Sean says:

    LEGO!! My favorite!

  11. Andrew says:

    Its the middle tile on the right that gives it away

  12. Jean says:

    Nice inspiration, thank you.

    I rebuild it with my kids.


  13. Terri Aki says:

    if anyone here had some sort of measurable eye sight you would notice that the ‘top’ step is incredibly dis-proportinate to the step prior. the Penrose steps are about SCALE, not some kid whose been able to build some simple lego steps and take a photo at reasonably right angle

  14. Awesome says:

    Cool I don’t understand how it was made even with your guys help btw 19th comment?

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