Escherian Stairwell: Myth Busted

A couple of weeks ago my sister and brother-in-law came to stay with us for a few days. While they were here, my brother-in-law introduced me to the video that is now a YouTube sensation: Escherian Stairwell. What is this you might ask?┬áThis is a stairwell located at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Modeled after a staircase that might have been found in an M.C. Escher print, this staircase is trippy. It was built in the 1960’s by Rafael Nelson Aboganda, who claims to have finally defied the laws of physics and made a 4-sided stair case. To understand more, you need to see the video:
Now that you have seen the video do you think it’s real? I hate to burst your bubble, but obviously it’s not. Physically, this is an impossible task. However cool this would be if it were true, the video was made with tricky camera angles and a few digital effects to create a myth on campus. As a matter of fact, Michael Lacanilao, a film and animation grad student at RIT, made this his entire project. He wanted to create a myth and see how far it would spread. Watch his (failed) kickstarter campaign below to see how they did it.

After seeing the entire story now, it begs the question: Have you ever wanted to design something Escherian? Something that seems to defy the laws physics and too impossible to be real? I know I have…what are your ideas?

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