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ESCHER Station
The E.S.C.H.E.R. station was unusual space station from the Classic Space era.
About this creation


The Extraterrestrial Space Command Headquarters Epsilon Region (ESCHER) station was built in hyper-space, for obvious reasons. Its triangular shape was designed by a daring architect called Godel, who never quite managed to complete it. Despite the normally smiling faces of Classic Spacemen, visitors often found their first sight of the station deeply upsetting, as shown in this archive photograph. It was eventually closed down by the Hofstadter Commission, whose bite turned out to be worse than their bach.



A later version of the space-station, the "Penrose" is shown above. Many spacemen said that it could not to be real and they refused to even try to land on it. Others claimed that it was just a CGI special effect. The result of all of this was that nobody ever docked at the "Penrose" and it quickly went out of business and was shut down.







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This build owes everything to Ian Spacek's The Art of War, which inspired me to play with the techniques. The E.S.C.H.E.R. has caught many people's imaginations and been blogged by Bricknerd, SciBricks and Built by Another.

The LDD version was rendered with LDD to POV Ray Convertor & POV Ray. It's creation was spurred by a comment on the original build by andros tempest.


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

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  February 25, 2014
Pure awesomeness. Looking at these pictures is messing with my mind. :P
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  February 23, 2014
Wow great job looks amazing love the shape and texture looks awsome!!
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  October 16, 2013
Quoting Stephan N that is a great idea it Looks very good can you built it greater ?
I suppose that there is no limit to how big the space station could be. The problem would be the depth of field of whatever camera was used to take the photos. The bigger the space station, the bigger the difference in size and focus between the parts at the front and the parts at the back. I think that the jkin would become more and more obvious.
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  October 16, 2013
that is a great idea it Looks very good can you built it greater ?
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  September 22, 2013
These pics are so so beautiful and the build is masterly made. A pleasure to watch.
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  September 17, 2013
Awesome! Could have sworn I commented on this already. Clever build, Dude, looks like a movie poster!
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  September 12, 2013
That's awesome, I love that "Impossible 3D" stuff. The Penrose Triangle is built in a very clever way and the CS look is a cool extra. The photography is excellent, I know how difficult it is to achieve the right look (camera position, angle, zoom, flash, etc.). Great job! :-))
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  September 8, 2013
Haha. Love this. Excellent build and great use of perspective.
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  September 8, 2013
Quoting Justin L. Good job with the optical illusion. :D Do I see a reference to the book Gödel Escher Bach in here?
Thank you! Yes, there's definitely a reference to Hofstadter's book. My copy has a Penrose triangle on the front cover. Unfortunately I've tried to read it twice and only ever managed to get 2/3 of the way through it. Something for my Desert Island Discs perhaps?
  September 8, 2013
Good job with the optical illusion. :D Do I see a reference to the book Gödel Escher Bach in here?
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  September 6, 2013
Quoting Matthew Oh This is excellent! Blogged! http://bba-brick.blogspot.com/2013/09/escher-station.html
Wow! Thank you! I enjoyed reading the other articles on your blog too and have added it to my favourites.
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  September 6, 2013
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  September 6, 2013
Haha that's brilliant! Great concept. -LB Senior
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  September 6, 2013
Oh you Classic Space men and your time space continuum bending. =P Love the idea, and you've pulled it off with spectacular effect.
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  September 6, 2013
Nice Building! I like it.
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  September 5, 2013
That's impossible! Impossibly awesome atleast. Fantastic idea and very well executed. I always enjoy your classic space creations.
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  September 4, 2013
MY EYES!
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  September 4, 2013
Mind-bendingly good :-)
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  September 4, 2013
Quoting andros tempest One of the problems with working exclusively in LDD is I just can't do things like this. Love it, the concept and the build are pure genius.
Are you sure it can't be done in LDD? It's just a question of getting the right viewpoint (I think). When I have a free evening, I'm going to do some experiments: thanks for raising a fascinating question!
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  September 4, 2013
One of the problems with working exclusively in LDD is I just can't do things like this. Love it, the concept and the build are pure genius.
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  September 4, 2013
Hehe, clever mate :)
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  September 3, 2013
I saw this a couple of days ago, but I was too lazy to type... well done!
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  September 2, 2013
Bravo on the Escher illusion. I must make one!
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  September 2, 2013
Excellent work man! Nice greebles.
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  September 2, 2013
Quoting Stuart Lucas Beautiful job on the optical illusion! I really liked Ian's Art of War too, and the treatment you've given the concept works really well. Good detailning and great photo editing! I'm still trying to figure out how to pull off an eternally ascending staircase in a similar fashion....
Thank you! I'm afraid that most of Escher's works have been built in Lego already. Have a look at this Lego "Ascending & Descending": http://www.andrewlipson.com/escher/ascending.html Folk have done "Belvedere" and "Waterfall" too. You can track them down on Google Image Search. Regardless of this it would still be a fun mental challenge to make your own "ascending & Descending",perhaps there's a different method? Plus there's what Lego theme to choose... :)
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  September 2, 2013
Beautiful job on the optical illusion! I really liked Ian's Art of War too, and the treatment you've given the concept works really well. Good detailning and great photo editing! I'm still trying to figure out how to pull off an eternally ascending staircase in a similar fashion....
David Roberts
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Dr. Monster
  September 1, 2013
Impressive MOC! Nicely done and the station itself looks great. I had to do a little research to get your joke, but now I know who Hofstadter is.
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  September 1, 2013
I have to agree that it was a bit too obvious how it was done, but still quite the impressive build. It would be interesting to see an impossible cube built like this...
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  September 1, 2013
Thats brilliant! awesome stuff from you!
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  September 1, 2013
I love it when I can't stop grinning wildly. You never seem to fail me there! And this is definitely no exception. Clever and fun!
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  September 1, 2013
Very creative! Nice digital editing picture!
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  September 1, 2013
awesome impossible build! Those 1x2 grilled slopes of different sizes were the only thing that made this impossible shape seem possible. Great imagination
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  September 1, 2013
I need to stop staring at this thing before I go blind. I Love it!
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  September 1, 2013
Cool stuff, dude. Nice presentation! ~Cheers
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  September 1, 2013
Quoting Alex Sonny This boggles my mind. Not THE best escher I've seen in lego, but a very unique touch with the Classic space approach! Your designs never let me down :D
Thank you! I've learnt loads from doing this and would hope to build some more optical illusions.
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  September 1, 2013
Quoting MCLegoboy ! While I could tell imediately where the "connection" was (Same pieces but almost twice as large, and they're right next to one another) but still a really cool space station.
It wasn't the best idea to give people's brains the same pieces in exactly the same shape almost next to each other :( I've learnt a lot from this and will have to have another go sometime, as I find these sorts illusions fascianting!
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  September 1, 2013
While I could tell imediately where the "connection" was (Same pieces but almost twice as large, and they're right next to one another) but still a really cool space station.
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  September 1, 2013
This boggles my mind. Not THE best escher I've seen in lego, but a very unique touch with the Classic space approach! Your designs never let me down :D
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  September 1, 2013
Great take on the Escher idea, keeping it completely original!
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  September 1, 2013
Nice one. You were a kid in the '70s? You're probably as old as me.
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  September 1, 2013
Quoting Jasro 8 Fantastic build, really great. I love it. I love Escher's work too btw. If you ever have an opportunity to see his original wood block prints.... Mind blowing!
Thank you! I've a big print of "Day and Night" in my sitting room but I imagine that the orignals have loads more texture.
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  September 1, 2013
Quoting Mask of Cheese Awesome! Do you have any tips on getting classic space minifigures?
Thank you! Erm, I'm afraid that I'm so old that all of my Classic Space mini-figures were acquired when I got the original sets as a kid in the 70s and 80s. Perhaps try Bricklink or eBay?
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  September 1, 2013
So cool! This is a really great idea.
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  September 1, 2013
Fantastic build, really great. I love it. I love Escher's work too btw. If you ever have an opportunity to see his original wood block prints.... Mind blowing!
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  September 1, 2013
Impressive!
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  September 1, 2013
Awesome! Do you have any tips on getting classic space minifigures?
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  September 1, 2013
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) Superb presentation of a clever idea! I love the guy's expression! Hyperspace indeed! :)
Hyperspace was the only place where the builders could get all of the corners to join together: honest!
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  September 1, 2013
lol, I figured as much, well done!
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  September 1, 2013
Superb presentation of a clever idea! I love the guy's expression! Hyperspace indeed! :)
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  September 1, 2013
Awesome station!
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  September 1, 2013
Quoting Tim C Brilliant work, David. And a nice little trick as well. Now all you need is some water flowing up it;) I love the color work and the greebling is top notch. Very convincing photography as well. Nicely done!
Thank you! It took me a while to choose the three colours. I wanted to make it Classic Space but couldn't choose what else to go with blue and grey. I wondered about yellow or black but then I realised that dark grey would work. It must be possible to make an Escher waterfall: with the right sort of plumbing!
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  September 1, 2013
Quoting Ian Spacek Haha, fantastic! I'm really impressed with how detailed the "penrose-station" is. Right when I saw it I thought "heh, reminds me of one of my recent builds" and then saw your little comment at the end. Thanks for the nod! And very well done! And to be honest, I actually can't take full credit either. I'd seen LEGO Penrose built before (though I thought it was Photoshopped and it might have been). While I studied different online images to learn the trick and make my own, half way through the process my buddy Paul Vermeesch sent me this link: http://www.brothers-brick.com/2009/01/10/build-your-own-penrose-triangle/ I'm apparently not the first to REALLY tackle it (though I enlarged the triangle and used some more complex techniques).
Thank you for your comments: they solved a mystery for me! I was trying to remember the name for this type of illusion and couldn't find it anywhere. You're right it should be a "Penrose" station, though this would quite a long acronym! The link to TBB is brilliant, especially the building instructions. A lot of the fun of sharing Lego creations MOCpages and Flickr is that it can be like passing a ball along and seeing what other folk do with it. Thanks again for the inspiration!
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  September 1, 2013
Brilliant work, David. And a nice little trick as well. Now all you need is some water flowing up it;) I love the color work and the greebling is top notch. Very convincing photography as well. Nicely done!
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  September 1, 2013
Haha, fantastic! I'm really impressed with how detailed the "penrose-station" is. Right when I saw it I thought "heh, reminds me of one of my recent builds" and then saw your little comment at the end. Thanks for the nod! And very well done! And to be honest, I actually can't take full credit either. I'd seen LEGO Penrose built before (though I thought it was Photoshopped and it might have been). While I studied different online images to learn the trick and make my own, half way through the process my buddy Paul Vermeesch sent me this link: http://www.brothers-brick.com/2009/01/10/build-your-own-penrose-triangle/ I'm apparently not the first to REALLY tackle it (though I enlarged the triangle and used some more complex techniques).
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  September 1, 2013
Impossible beauty. The join is almost perfect.
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  September 1, 2013
Looks awesome! Love the effect, great work!
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  September 1, 2013
Quoting MortalSwordsman . This hurts my brain but I like it :)
The first time that I looked at it from the correct angle it made me feel queesy too. I think that it's worst when you see it in the real world, as our brains are quite used to seeing weird and wonderful things on a computer screen.
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  September 1, 2013
Quoting Jack K Wow, this is really creative. I love it, it actually looks pretty realistic, 5/5.
Thanks! Check out Ian Spacek's creation, as he really did the work: mine's just a version of his.
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  September 1, 2013
Quoting Dr. Monster Impressive MOC! Nicely done and the station itself looks great. I had to do a little research to get your joke, but now I know who Hofstadter is.
Thank you! Hofstadter's book has been on my shelves for 20 years and my copy has one of these triangles on the front. I've had two goes at reading it and only ever made it 2/3 of the way through :(
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  September 1, 2013
This hurts my brain but I like it :)
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  September 1, 2013
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Haha, brilliant! Fantastic idea and design, and great photography. If it wasn't for those 1x2 cheese grills looking twice as big as the ones beside them I'd never have spotted the offset. Great work!
Thank you! I agree about those 1x2 cheese grilles: a bit of a mistake to give the brain something identical to compare on each section. I wonder if the nearer dark grey limb should have been just 3 studs wide too?
  September 1, 2013
Wow, this is really creative. I love it, it actually looks pretty realistic, 5/5.
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  September 1, 2013
Haha, brilliant! Fantastic idea and design, and great photography. If it wasn't for those 1x2 cheese grills looking twice as big as the ones beside them I'd never have spotted the offset. Great work!
 
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