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By on December 14, 2006, with 26 Comments

Kelly Harris asks us: “Which way does the window face”? Let’s see! Umm… Not as simple as I thought it would be. The principle of this Escher like, impossible object is same as with bidirectional face and safe doors illusion. This is old school illusion, as you see. I kinda like them more. Kelly also writes: “I’ve spent two weeks at work going through all of your illusions – very interesting. Found this at another site but unsure where. I hadn’t seen it in your collection”. By the way, just found out that the author behind this is Sandro Del Prete.

  • Anonymous

    both ways

  • Anonymous

    Whoa, Trippy.
    I love this site!

  • Ken of Kenville

    Actually, it’s obvious you’re looking at it from below. All the shadowside facings go in that direction, and you have to actually ignore them to “see” it the other way, as in the other direction, they don’t exist. Therefore it’s not an intentional escher-style illusion at all.

  • Ken of Kenville

    I take it back.

    The windowsill is drawn to be seen from above, while the window is drawn to be seen from below.

    But if you cut out either part, it’s consistently one or the other.

  • Juan Luis

    It´s an illusion from Sandro del Prete

  • me

    it faces neither way. it faces both ways. it faces. it is…….a paralellogram! yippe!

  • Meeow

    it faces Both if you ask me but it depends if you’re looking at the top or the bottom.

  • alexand

    It´s an illusion!

  • Guardian

    It faces four ways: down-left, down-right, up-left, up-right.

    That’s the illusion.

  • Amanda

    Uhhhhhh…idk! i guess both ways? neways i hate those kind of illusions!!

  • Anonymous

    Very cool.

  • Anonymous

    The top part of the window is facing the way that the girl is looking and the bottom part seems to be facing the same way the cat (or whatever is next to the girl inside) Is facing. Its really cool!

  • Lai-Lai

    Arg, that’s why I hate drawing backgrounds, my perspective is off-kilter.

  • http://hotmail.com Ms.Observant

    Its simply twisted.

  • ajay

    this is simply awesome ….

  • Toby

    if you look at the top of the drawing the objects that stick out say that you are looking at it from the bottom left. If you look at the bottom of the pic the objects sugest you are looking at it from the top right of the window.
    both are impossible in real life hence why it is trippy.

  • malakas

    when u look on the lower part it is going to the left, and reverse.. easy as that… this is not illusion, it is a trick…

  • randompasserby324

    it faces our of the room :P

  • randompasserby324

    it faces out of the room :P

  • chris nicklas

    left if you look at the windowsill its only going that way

  • Cherry Blossom

    haha. Well done.

  • lily


  • Pravs

    Looking at the faces (their right profile is visible) and the assumption that they are looking directly through the window (and not pushing their right cheek on the windows), we can conclude the window is facing RIGHT! :)

    • Ray

      What a smart person

  • kjk

    Its Not even connected

  • http://moillusions.com kiana

    the right beacause the girl is looking right thro the window not at the side of it