Escher's "Reptiles" in relief

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Escher's "Reptiles" in relief
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The base level of this relief is a tessellation of three colors of lizards on the drawing pad near the middle of this design. Some of the lizards along the edge have grown tired of being locked up in the tessellation, and have crawled out onto objects on the desk -a book, a draftsman’s triangle, a polyhedron, an ashtray – and back into the design on the opposite side. The original design was a lithograph by M. C. Escher in March 1943.

This relief carving is about twice the size of the original lithograph: 22” x 20” basswood. The objects that rise above the base level – books, bottle, polygon, potted plant, etc. – were carved in wood added to the surface, so the overall thickness is about 2 inches. The carving was sealed and selectively stained in several tones.

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#1 posted 10-22-2018 08:01 PM

Getting better all the time Phil. Really well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 10-22-2018 08:05 PM

Oops – sorry guys & gals. I just discovered I had posted this before. I went through my Watchlist to see if I had already posted it, but didn’t find it.

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#3 posted 10-22-2018 08:24 PM

A creepy crawly bunch of very finely carved CREATURES!

The bottle and the rest are also excellent too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 10-22-2018 11:12 PM

No problem. It was worth taking a second look. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 10-22-2018 11:50 PM

I’m glad you did. This is amazing, and I hadn’t seen it before.

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#6 posted 10-23-2018 05:02 AM

Just amaizing…3D is astonish!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 10-23-2018 07:07 AM

Wow! This is fantastic.

-- Dan B. , Missouri

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#8 posted 10-23-2018 09:50 AM

Very nice. I have same Escher reptiles printed and framed on my shop wall.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#9 posted 10-24-2018 02:08 AM

As a retired math teacher, I’m a huge Escher fan. This was always one of my favorites. Can’t imagine the satisfaction of seeing it come to life! Thanks for sharing this.

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