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By on April 3, 2006, with 23 Comments

Another cool work by Escher! This amazing Staircase Illusion in a way reminds me of classic computer game called Discworld. Am not sure why, it just does!

Staircase Illusion


23 Responses
  1. Tony says:

    I’m not sure if this is Escher… He used mostly black&white for this kind of pictures. But he has made this picture: http://www.punkycorner.it/arte/escher/09.jpg

  2. john says:

    its like from that movie… labyrinth

  3. Lauren says:

    This is definitely not an Escher. Escher’s primarily used printmaking methods to produces his pieces, and the sort of halftoning required to achieve an image such as this through printmaking methods would have been absolutely ridiculous. This is definitely an Escher-inspired piece.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Kinda reminds me of Harry Potter…

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  7. BurninRubber says:

    It’s like a Rubix cube. The stairs at the bottom go up, and there is another one after that, leading up too. Ignore the fact that the walls are in different angles and places (If you don’t the illousion will look like something COMPLETELY different!) And ignore the fact that the stairs are on the top and bottom of each staircase. I haven’t figuered out why there is a wall between the stairs near the first staircase. That’s more focused on on the wall facing upwards, which is really a floor. If you’re trying to be normal, the floor facing upwards would mean that the stair case next to that floor wouldn’t (and couldn’t) exist. Spooky!

  8. Shane says:

    yeah you we’re right tony. the first image wasnt esher.
    esher RULES

  9. Grace says:

    well,Jeniffer I sorta agrree..it reminds me of Harru Potter too lol

  10. clueless says:

    So totally agree about Discworld! I really see what you mean! (The books are better than the computer game – I got stuck!)

  11. Feather says:

    This illusion isn’t a work of M.C Escher, althoiugh it is done in his style. It reminds me of that seen in Labyrinth where that girl is trying to get her brother from David Bowie, but she can’t figure out how to make the staircases hold her or something. Good movie, but the comment board isn’t about good movies =^.^= -_-()

  12. Anonymous says:

    it is an escher but sum1 has just added colour to it and added a bit more detail

    oh, and they’ve taken the people out of the work

  13. im pretty sure she says:

    It reminds me more of the movie Labyrinth than Harry Potter :]

  14. bunny says:

    it reminds me of hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardy :D

  15. maze slave says:

    @feather, Its appropriate to mention and give coo-dos to the movie Labyrinth. Besides the Escher inspired set(s) it also incorporates MANY optical illusions not to mention the illusion of puppetry.

  16. maze slave says:

    Also, I was going to mention there was a early Electronic Arts game on the Commodore 64 called Realms of Impossibility (1984?) that incorporated these Escheresque stair and hall illusions, that was a great game.

  17. sillymoose says:

    haaaaaaa it reminds me of the harry potter thingiiee x

  18. hannan says:

    i can’t find the way to my room!

  19. MeEgAn GaLaNtE says:

    This confuzzles me!

  20. MeEgAn GaLaNtE says:

    Oh!! know that I took a better look at it it makes sense!

  21. A. Snow says:

    For me, these are two different pictures merged together. the one on the left shows a horizontal view while the one on the right shows a vertical view.

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