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   Undertoad  Thursday Jan 19 12:30 PM

1/19/2006: Escher in Lego



via Gravestmor

There have been some nighty impressive Lego works, some documented by IotD. I thought I'd seen it all until now - this one really beats all. Seriously, thank you constestants, there will be no more entrants.

Apparently one Andrew Lipsom has built, in his attic, this Lego version of Escher's Impossible Staircase.



lumberjim  Thursday Jan 19 12:48 PM

check spelling in thread title, delete this post



lumberjim  Thursday Jan 19 12:49 PM

no fair. he used glue



Happy Monkey  Thursday Jan 19 01:04 PM

Why do you say that?



lumberjim  Thursday Jan 19 01:07 PM



cuz. lego creations are supposed to use legos only.



Pancake Man  Thursday Jan 19 01:08 PM

Always loved those pictures, awesome to see them in 3D



lumberjim  Thursday Jan 19 01:11 PM

on third thought.....maybe he didn't. guess i'm assuming the orientation of the blocks under the feet of the little guys based on their neighbors. they could be blocks that have side (what the fuck do you call the little raised cylinders) ......thingers. i think if they are on top, and sides, they're on all sides, aren't they?



beavis  Thursday Jan 19 01:27 PM

i see what you mean, the lil lego dudes have no way of grasping the stairs without adhesive. either way pretty dam cool.



glatt  Thursday Jan 19 01:31 PM

I didn't know lego's had arches. But there are so many different specialty sets, it's not so hard to imagine.

I also think glue was used. How else can some of the people be upside down and not fall?

In any event, they did a great job.



Elspode  Thursday Jan 19 01:42 PM

I think we had a thread here about this at one time. The creations are not solid constructs; there are tricks of photographic angle involved. Still cool, nonetheless.

Of course, all this assumes the above is by the same guy...



dar512  Thursday Jan 19 02:45 PM

Yes it is the same guy. If you go to his lego page it's the second to last:

More info.

Oh. And this one used no camera tricks.



Happy Monkey  Thursday Jan 19 02:58 PM

I don't think any glue was used. There are pieces that have a stud on the side. They were originally used to put headlights on cars. One is visible at the top of the stairs in the top right, by the guy looking over the railing.



mlandman  Thursday Jan 19 03:23 PM

Quote:
Apparently one Andrew Lipsom has built, in his attic
So he has access to his parent's basement AND their attic?

I guarantee you this guy has a pony tail.


dar512  Thursday Jan 19 04:11 PM

Nope.



mlandman  Thursday Jan 19 04:23 PM

lol case in point

what do you mean, 'nope'?. ok, ok, ok, I was technically off, but not by much. Pretty much as I guessed. All lego obsessed geeks are all the same. They either look like that, or the comic book store guy from the simpsons.



dar512  Thursday Jan 19 05:13 PM

Well, let's see. Doesn't have a ponytail. Doesn't live with his parents. I'd call that a big nope.

My guess is you prejudged him and just looked at the picture.

From his FAQ

Quote:
You have way too much time on your hands.

I guess this is a matter of opinion, but I have a wife and two kids and hold down a job that keeps me out of the house for around 75 hours a week. Nonetheless, it's amazing how many people have so much time on their hands thay have nothing better to do with it than email me to tell me I have too much time on my hands. If you really want to join their ranks you are free to do so but I probably won't reply.



fargon  Thursday Jan 19 05:15 PM

Mrs. Fargon says somebody had some quality time on thier hands.



capnhowdy  Thursday Jan 19 05:37 PM

This dude has a lot of talent. The picture on his homepage is mind boggling to me.

The bottom of dar512 's first link gave me some perspective of size/scale. I never had Lego as a child. Sad. Think I'll try it now.



Bromskloss  Thursday Jan 19 05:40 PM

Sorry for asking right here in the thread, but I haven't found satifying answers yet.

Where do I submit images I think could be worth posting?

Does the archive mention all previous IotD:s? That is, is it enough to search for duplicates on that page? http://cellar.org/iotdarch.php

Thanks!



Undertoad  Thursday Jan 19 06:05 PM

The archive does in fact list them all. images to undertoad at gmail.com as attachments. The only rule is that you must never be offended if your image isn't used.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jan 19 06:36 PM

Not using your submission doesn't mean he doesn't like it. However, coming to your house and slapping you, probably does.

These people amaze me. Coming up with a picture in your mind is one thing. Knowing all the possibilities with the myriad of LEGO sets is another. There is still a great gulf in between them.



Mav  Thursday Jan 19 07:46 PM

maybe it's just me but those upside down, rightside up, diaganol stairways paintings and pictures always made me dizzy to look at them. Like a really old school optical illusion, gone bad.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jan 19 10:43 PM

Mav, tilt your head 45 degrees to the right.



srom  Thursday Jan 19 11:33 PM

huh... i guess the impossible staircase wasn't all that impossible.

pretty amazing craftsmanship on both guys' parts. o) my favorite part of the lego version is the lego person closest to the top right corner. he's the only one where you can completely see his smiling lego face thing.



wolf  Thursday Jan 19 11:59 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode
I think we had a thread here about this at one time. The creations are not solid constructs; there are tricks of photographic angle involved. Still cool, nonetheless.

Of course, all this assumes the above is by the same guy...
Post #10 in this thread.

I love Escher, but am mildly indifferent to Lego. I appreciate ingenuity and skill in construction, however.


Bromskloss  Friday Jan 20 07:39 AM

Quote:
Not using your submission doesn't mean he doesn't like it. However, coming to your house and slapping you, probably does.
Oh, _that's_ what he meant! I found it really strange, just coming to my house, slapping away like that.


chrisinhouston  Friday Jan 20 08:17 AM

There are only a few sure things in life. If you have small children you will eventually have Legos and if you have Legos you will on some night go into your child's dark room and step on the Legos with your bare feet!



Pancake Man  Friday Jan 20 11:48 AM

It's incredible to see this in Legos, but i would love to see it done in full size!



BigV  Friday Jan 20 05:21 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bromskloss
Quote:
Not using your submission doesn't mean he doesn't like it. However, coming to your house and slapping you, probably does.
Oh, _that's_ what he meant! I found it really strange, just coming to my house, slapping away like that.


Oh, you'll fit right in, Bromkloss. Welcome!


BigV  Friday Jan 20 05:24 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisinhouston
There are only a few sure things in life. If you have small children you will eventually have Legos and if you have Legos you will on some night go into your child's dark room and step on the Legos with your bare feet!
This can be another very educational aspect to life with Legos. In an "advanced vocabulary" sort of way. [/voice of experience]


xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jan 20 10:46 PM

There's a guy in MI that builds model skyscrapers with jenga (wooden) blocks then has people pull out blocks until they collapse.
His Leaning Tower of Pisa was rigged with a wire around the supports at the bottom. When a reporter circled the tower dragging a microphone cable, they yanked the wire making it look like the reporter accidentally toppled the tower.

Check it out here and here.

Oooooor you can go over to this thread



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