It’s an Illusion, Part 2… The Impossible Triangle

Penrose Triangle

The Penrose Triangle

When you look at a drawing of the Penrose Triangle, you see a triangle surrounded by planes.  At first glance, it looks as if it could exist off the page and outside the imagination.  But take a second glance.

It’s those planes that are the problem.  If you try to recreate the triangle as a solid object the sides do not meet – at least not without some considerable manipulation.

On the other hand, the illusion that they do meet makes them a wonderful jumping off point for the artistic imagination, as in Escher’s “House of Stairs” or “Reality”.  Take a look – and enjoy the exploration of this illusion!

M. C. Escher, House of Stairs
M. C. Escher, Relativity

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One response to “It’s an Illusion, Part 2… The Impossible Triangle

  1. Pingback: It’s an Illusion, Part 18 – Perpetual Energy | MairImages.ca Blog

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