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Description Presented here is a vast gallery of many different forms of Optical Illusions. Whether these optical illusions are conveyed through fractals, photographs, architecture, art, or old fashioned pen and ink, they are bound to remind you that "seeing is not believing."

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3-D Model of Escher's Ascending and Descending Optical Illusion

The below 3-D model of Escher's Ascending and Descending was created by John Atkinson using Hash Inc.'s Animation:Master. John says,

"Over the Christmas holiday of 2001, I was reading "Escher on Escher" and became taken with the notion of attempting to create a computer model of the subject of one of my favorite Escher illustrations--the cluster of buildings in his work entitled "Ascending and Descending". This was one of what have been termed his "Impossibility Series"."
John also provided a little peak behind the scenes of this image. You can check out a video clip that let's you walk around the stairs just as if you were one of the monks. This allows you in on a little secret of how this optical illusion was accomplished in a 3D model.

Ascend Descend Optical Illusion

Homage to M.C. Escher
Copyright © 2002 John Atkinson
2nd Place, Jan 2002 Anything Goes
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Used w/permission

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