Local Heart, Global Soul

February 8, 2014

Bending Minds As We Rapidly Shrink And Grow…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m documenting my 2012 summer visit to the M.C. Escher Museum located in the former Queen regent Emma’s former winter Palace in the Lange Voorhout in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Our Singaporean friend “Velvetine”  is visiting with me and we are finding so much to see, both in Escher’s works and of the palace interior.

One thing that I particularly like about the museum is that the upper level of the Palace contains an interactive section where visiting members of the public can try out a few Escheresque mind-bending  tricks of their own.

Even the entrance door into this area is actually an illusion.

From a distance there seems to be a large black box suspended from the ceiling by the doorway…  but in fact these are strategically placed black lines in the room behind and if you stand in the right spot in the room then all the lines “join”  up to form the solid square that you are tricked into thinking  is really there. Part of one of the rooms has also been built so that there is an optical illusion, so people on one side appear unusually tall and their companions on the other side of the room appear to shrink in size. There’s the possibility to have a funny photograph taken to take with you afterwards (Velvetine and I didn’t do it) and to that end there was a “collection” board where the photographs were displayed for collection by participants afterwards. I loved the quirky poses people used whilst having fun here…

Then we made our way to another surreal room where moving  Escher images “evolved’ and “morphed”  on massive wall screens in front of us… it seems that everywhere we go in this building we just just keep smiling more and more…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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