M.C. Escher Meets Portal

If you’re familiar with the computer game called Portal, then you know just how complex the imaginary world filled with teleportation portals can be. That’s why it’s such a perfect match for the world M.C. Escher imagined, particularly his famous  Relativity piece. While we have featured a lot of artist interpretations on this classic artwork, given Portal mash up by DeviantArt user linkitch just might be one of the most fitting to the original theme. The world it depicts is too complex to ever really understand or properly navigate. Indeed, if Escher were still alive, he would almost certainly take an interest in playing Portal. This creation took nine hours to make, as the artist had to collect reference material from Relativity and Portal and then recreate them in his own 3D space. He even uploaded an image detailing the creation of the final artwork, which you might find after the jump…

19 Replies to “M.C. Escher Meets Portal”

  1. The point of Escher’s drawings was an infinite loop. If you keep climbing, you arrive where you started, which should be impossible. Here I don’t see anything like that. This is entirely possible physically, and you don’t arrive where you started. It is odd only in that there are stairs connecting two walls, but nothing impossible or infinite about it. Somebody is confused.

    1. @rd,
      I think you might be the one that is confused. Compare this image to M.C. Escher’s Relativity. The basic structure is the same, and the stairways are identical. This one doesn’t have any characters in it to throw off your perception. Other than that, the main difference is that this image has a Portal twist on it.

  2. I HATE VIDEO GAMES!!!! I cannot stand them, because I usually spend my time reading. Or writing. Or ectcetera. You are proboly thinking, etcertatgfgh….what? How to say it… EK-SET-TER-AA.About the illusion: cool, even though I cannot find the portals. I see two staircases that go up and down. The other ones are UPSIDE-DOWN!!!! If I had to go there, I would only use the staircases that let you keep your gravity. Or, not letting you fall down. Does it go on forever? It would be up forever, I wish. Not down, because you never know the stakes!

    1. Et cetera is spelled just like that and pronounced as it’s spelled.

      Probably is spelled just like that and also pronounced as it’s spelled.

    2. Tell me. Why do you employ caps-lock and long strings of exclamation points to illustrate your points? Also, you can’t spell “probably”, pronounce or spell “et cetera”, or properly express pronunciations with characters? Furthermore, why are six of your sentences grammatically incorrect? Smartguy isn’t looking too impressive anymore…

    3. Excuse me. I meant “why can’t you” when instead I wrote “you can’t”. I apologize.

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