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The Thing That Wood Not Be

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Published: January 20, 2009
© 2009 - 2019 eriban
Finally it had arrived, his construction set for the square wooden frame. Its apparent simplicity made his heart pound faster. Four wooden pieces. All shaped exactly the same. What a lovely sight. He could hardly wait to see the resulting frame on his table. So many ways to use it. So many ways. Maybe he should have ordered more than one.

Putting the frame together was not as easy as he had expected. Joining two pieces by way of the double dovetail connection was just as impossible as separating them. He considered himself fortunate when he realized that he possesed an old puzzle magazine that revealed the secret behind the double dovetail connection.

Still, the manual that came with the wooden frame clearly showed that you needed all four pieces. Four? What had he done wrong? He went over it once more. No, there was nothing wrong with any of the connections. All angles were orthogonal. As they should be. How then had he managed to make a closed loop from only three pieces? He didn't know. He didn't even want to know! Maybe it was best to drink some coffee first. But isn't it always?


Technical Details

This image has been rendered using the POVRay raytracer. I created the original scene file more than ten years ago, but recently made a few improvements to it, and rendered it again at a much higher resolution.

Note: No post-processing has taken place on the image to make the illusion work; this is the 3D scene as it is rendered by the raytracer. "How can this be?" you may wonder. That's a good question indeed.
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rbai's avatar
Excellent work! congratulations!
eriban's avatar
Ah yes, that's the big secret, or maybe I have just forgotten by now… ;-)
CometThePorcupine222's avatar
How the fuck did u do that?
marcgosselin's avatar
marcgosselinProfessional Traditional Artist
Cool! [link]
eriban's avatar
Thanks.

By the way, please consider joining the MC Escher Style group and share your Homage to Escher there.
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marcgosselinProfessional Traditional Artist
I'm new to this site. How do I join the MC Escher group?
eriban's avatar
That's easy. Go to the groups homepage [link] and click "Join our group". Depending on how the group is configured, this is either automatically approved, or an admin has to accept it first. In this case, I think it's the former. Once you've joined, you can use the "Submit to a group" link at the right of your deviation, to submit it to the group's gallery. That will require an approval in this case, but that should not be a problem.
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marcgosselinProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I've started the process of joining.

Below "friends and favorites" everyone's page has a series of icons eg. give a gift, whereas on my page there's nothing but "edit". How do I get these icons?
eriban's avatar
Meanwhile I see you managed to submit your deviation to the group. Good!

Your page also has those icons, except not when you view it yourself. :-)
marcgosselin's avatar
marcgosselinProfessional Traditional Artist
Yes! Thanks for the advice.
Intro71292's avatar
Intro71292Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome.:)
eriban's avatar
Thanks (once more)
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Intro71292Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome.:aww:
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inspiredcreativityProfessional Digital Artist
The cast shadows are well done. I really enjoy mind twisters like this, the playing with perspective. The textured table surface is a very good design for enhancing sense of dimensionality. Excellent work. I really enjoy seeing such attention to detail.
eriban's avatar
Thanks! It required quite a bit of thought and effort to create this image, it's not something I quickly hacked together, so I am happy to hear that it is appreciated.
inspiredcreativity's avatar
inspiredcreativityProfessional Digital Artist
That is why I admire the work, because it takes imagination, creativity, thought, and effort to create.
AuroraAphelion's avatar
MEHHH! i do not like these things that i do not understand!!! nyahhh! i am confuzzled!!!,
eriban's avatar
Ah, but that's nice. Increase your understanding and you'll become a happier person :-)
AuroraAphelion's avatar
hahaha!!! try, i will.
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janey-in-a-bottleHobbyist General Artist
I'd so love to see this rendered from a different angle, to see how it was done. :D
I'm very impressed with this being a 3D render. :thumbsup:
eriban's avatar
Thanks! :thanks: You're not the only one who would like to see the secret(s) behind the illusion revealed. I am not budging yet though. It would spoil the illusion and the image would lose some of its mystique I fear.
MiuraEri's avatar
Gives me an air of satisfaction. amazing work!
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