Category Archives: Escher Inspired

The House That Swift Built Optical Illusion

The House That Swift Built Optical Illusion is one of those three dimensional 2D pictures sent in by Jen S. This picture is real neat in the fact that your mind is all over the place trying to figure out how it all works. Are those stairs going up or down? These types of illusions are generaly inspired off some of the works of MC Eschers Works. Such as Escher’s Belvedere, Escher’s Ascending Descending stairs or the famous Waterfall Optical Illusion. So with all these mind games can you get a good grasp on the reality that exists in this picture!

The House that Swift built Optical Illusion - this is one place you can defiantly get lost!

Escher’s Belvedere Optical Illusion

In Escher’s Belvedere Optical Illusion if you look at the beams they cross over from front to back, but how do we know which is the front and which is the back? This is physically impossible in a 3-Dimensional world but in 2d can give an alternate reality. If you notice the piece of paper on the floor (bottom left) shows a 3d cube almost as a clue to the belvedere’s structure. The man on the latter climbs from inside the gate in the lower platform then ends up on the outside above even tho its straight up!

Escher’s Belvedere

Escher’s Ascending and descending stairs

Going up or going down? it doesn’t really matter because you will still end up at the same place! You can take as many steps as you want and end up right back where you started.

The first illusion is Escher’s original ascending and descanting stairs followed by some other recreations (and yes the Lego version too!).

Eschers Origional Ascending and descenting stairs