Ed. Note: Content from this post originally appeared in the Sleights of Mind website.
As the world prepares to celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4th, it seems fitting to feature a Star Wars illusion this week. After very careful consideration, it is clear we must go with then-16-year-old Paul Vermeesch‘s 2012 Legos diorama.
Vermeesch used Legos to recreate the impossible structures in M.C. Escher‘s Relativity with a Star Wars theme.
Awesome, right? But you haven’t heard the best part yet.
He did it with The. Original. Trilogy.
Vermeesch describes his creation with additional images here.
For those of you counting the days until the release of Episode VII, you can watch the new teaser trailer, featuring Chewbacca and an aging-but-never-old Han Solo.
Or see the LEGO version below.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Susana Martinez-Conde is a professor of opthalmology, neurology, and physiology and pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is author of the Prisma Prize-winning Sleights of Mind, along with Stephen L. Macknik and Sandra Blakeslee. Their forthcoming book, Champions of Illusion, will be published by Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.