Escherian Stairwell

Stairwell – Petite Ceinture – Paris 14th district

This picture reminded me of Maurits Escher and his celebrated stairwells

A fascinating story of the Penroses being inspired by Escher’s impossible representations, which in turn inspired Escher who created renditions of the Penrose steps like the ones above or below.

Fascinating too is the fact that Escherian stairwells or Penrose Steps were used by Christopher Nolan for Inception in the following scene.

The illusion is perfect but how were they able to do that? Here is the explanation.

Some film student managed to make a viral video with a seemingly real Penrose Steps staircase. It was the subject of his thesis and attracted millions of views on YouTube.

But the myth is debunked, quite pedantically, by Captain Disillusion.

I have also taken other pictures (here and there) with impressions of Escherian stairwells.