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Waterfall
© Escher Holding BV

204: Waterfall (Escher)

This 1961 lithograph is another version of the impossible triangle object: perhaps it's no surprise that the object is impossible, since otherwise it would be a perpetual motion machine - the endlessly cycled water providing free power by turning the wheel. (Apparently Escher commented that it would be necessary to add water from time to time, to compensate for evaporation!)

This type of "impossible object" drawing uses perspective rules tbat are always correct over a small enough area, yet break down when seen as a whole.

Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) was a Dutch artist, who produced many well-known images of mathematical fantasies, though he had no formal training in mathematics. Animals and birds metamorphose into geometrical shapes and back again - buildings follow geometrical rules, yet defy reality.

* This puzzle is postcard size, with micro pieces

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A Yanoman puzzle: 204 pieces; 10 x 15 cm (4" x 6")
Code: Y98357 (98-357 on package)
Retail price ¥500

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