A Secret Place

Stairway to Escher

Stairway to Escher

The stairwell of the Hamilton Workers Arts and Heritage Centre is probably no big deal to most but to me, it’s so fantastically Escheresque. The optical illusion of this space; created by the many angles, similar tones, and seemingly incongruous shadows, is so phenomenal that whether you’re up top looking down or at the bottom looking up, you have to stop and look carefully at your surroundings to remind yourself of which way is up or down. Sometimes it’s just not enough to sense gravity.

Back in the 80′s, Jim Henson and George Lucas made a film called “Labrynth” in which there was an Escheresque scene where David Bowie’s wizard character Jareth walked along physics-defying staircases. The film “Inception” also had a dream sequence with a seemingly looping staircase in an office setting.

I love this stuff.

“Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it’s in my basement . . . let me go upstairs and check.“

— M. C. Escher

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6 thoughts on “A Secret Place

  1. Oh … the stairwells are amazing inventions and is beautiful. I also tend to shoot them if I can get into the House. I added a picture last summer when I came into a House ruin. It was so beautiful. You had liked it.

  2. Pingback: Heritage: Old Mill Leiden | What's (in) the picture?

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