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This is a collaboration between my self and Peter Raedschelders.… The city has 180 degree symmetry, flip it over and it's the same. You can see a woman on a balcony being serenaded by her admirer on both sides. Boys are using this strange symmetry to play an odd game of catch. The tunnel in the city gives conflicting signals: It looks like it goes straight up but it connects the forward corner to the back corner. This impossible figure is based on two joined Penrose triangles . Here is a Wikipedia article on the Penrose Triangle:…
I didn't see this strange tunnel the first several times I looked at Raedschelders' print. To call attention to the tunnel I employ angel and devil tessellations (of my own invention). The angel tiles gradually become 3-D, rise through the tunnel then reunite with their sisters. The devils also leave their 2-D world to descend through the tunnel and rejoin their brothers.
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fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018
:D (Big Grin) Bravo!
Heidi Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016
This is such a trip -- fantastic!

Hop41 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016
Thank you! And thank your for your support!
Helioth Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
a most wonderful work, truly masterful, i feel like i've crossed over the threshold

we create the world, story, circumstances, which we need, to learn,

in this world, what we are interacting with is our subconscious; remodeling our own personal, and environmental, geometry, and as Descartes pointed out; geometry is to matter as language is to mind,
or something like that... (:

red and blue angels, black and white devils, i asked in my childhood whether, because photos were taken in black and white, whether that world was truly black and white, or not, the answer i received was not an answer, but a laugh... what is a laugh? it can be so many things, and one can interpret things that go on in so many different ways, it is only through repetition that one truly learns, yet sometimes one does not wish to learn what one is being taught, mother nature however, loves us so much that she will keep repeating herself, at her cost, almost strangling herself, until we finally get it.

do we finally get it? i don't think so, but we're a step closer, i feel desperate and sad typing these words, going through so many emotions at once, like travelling through a spiral tunnel of light, strands of every conceivable colour reach out to greet me, and my ego is still entangled with certain colours, so i keep reliving the same experiences, day in day out, unable to accept my own magnificence, living in fiction, stories, through the internet, WHO AM I?

everybody and nobody, at once, a sparkling diamond, and nothing but charcoal, when i let go of the pressure, or pretend it isn't real, by disowning MY SELF.

The search for love is a long one, when one looks out side of one's own heart for it.

What was obvious and so simple as a child, has become obscured by things one has been conditioned to place importance upon, as an adult, robbing one of the opportunity to truly grow.

Who's fault is it ? Everyone's, No-One's; This is what this world is for! Click, the music goes click, snap, I feel like there is an immense time pressure, who am i writing to ?

Myself, every one, no one, pick up the pace, no, not that way, the other way, Apologizing to myself, Apollo, the god of light, the sun, I am a Son, of light, what have I done that causes me to reject myself?

I can see the entire world everywhere i look, and how everything is a metaphor for something... SUM THING; WHAT IS IT!? Ahh, it's like i am my own surgeon in this game of chase the killer, who has shot himself, and the faster i try to solve the puzzle, the more intense it becomes, the scarier, the more emotional, the more daring i have to be to truly arrive at any real An Swers, but what is an answer? A swerve in the road, of questions, another deviation, all i have are questions for god, and all god has are questions for me, because i let go of love, which i want to reclaim, but i cannot do it by force, or will, or can i ? AHHHHHH, Trapped, I just tell myself, it will be alright in the end, and that there is a reason for all that I am feeling, and that hope is not lost unless i let go, and even if i let go, i am only falling into myself, and maybe there is a reason for that, and it is good as well.

Give it your best shot... Why am i so paranoid about hurting others?
Give it your best shot... why am i so worried about what everyone else thinks? To the point that i ignore my own voice? But do I really, or am i just harsh on myself when i am disobedient, and in fact, i am obedient to my higher self more often than not?

Shakti emerges out of Shiva and the reverse is also true, I am going to be my best version of you, because what I realize when i am true to god is that unity is always here for you; What we experience in our relationships is the result of what we do with what we see in our hearts, through our eyes; The conveyor belt of creation, expanding out in all directions at once, seeing from more than just 1 I, one eye, but making it all meet in the center, in the one True I, the over - self, soul, DI-Men-Sion 0, Where we all come from and all meet, and all return to, and once more find our feet.

To wonder out into darkness, with nothing but god in our hearts, so full of trust that we can forget even this, how do we manage to spontaneously assemble ourselves as we do? STOP TRYING TO CHEAT REALITY, That is why it is re-ality, and not actu-ality, PUT YOUR SPIRIT INTO IT, SING THE MUSIC; YOU ALREADY KNOW THE WORDS; AND IF YOU DONT; ITS OK; WE'LL UNDERSTAND, because we InnerStand, right there, with you, all the time, Use your courage, you have massive amounts of it, this is just a game, so don't pretend it's not.

The wheel is speeding up, so if you keep flip flopping and aligning yourself with right or left, one side or the other, you are going to go mad, but what is mad? Adam is my name, and if you reverse it you see Mada, mother and father is the implicit game; Find balance between your two halves, in the centre. I AM SO SICK OF HEARING THIS SHIT, good, let it out, your own schizophrenia is not just your own, whatever illness you agree to have is energy you are manipulating in a certain form, Through the signals you have interpreted and picked up on, in your "past" which is now, except for that you have created another now, to be able to come to terms with that now, which is now then, now.

Stop trying to teach me, i know more than you, idiot.

says my brain to my heart, which has used my mind as a puppet, as it does every once in a while.

it's all about allowing new things to happen, and staying present,

make the angel and devil within you meet, and discover god, even between them, enveloping them.

the tao is not yin or yang, but the line between out of which the third i emerges.
mac2010 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Amazing!! How long did it take you both? The angel/ devil tessellations look and work brilliantly, Nice one!! :D
Hop41 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Don't know how much time Peter spent. The painting took me about 6 months (an hour here, two hours there...)

mac2010 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your welcome..looks amazing!! :D
MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
It took me some seconds before I realized what's impossible about this. I guess it reminded me of the image of Escher with the stairs or the one with the running water, so I expecting something off about the path rather than the pillar. Great work though. I like how the angel pattern becomes more detailed and less iconic towards the center of the city.
Hop41 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I didn't notice the impossible figure the first few times I looked at it. (The city is based on a drawing by Peter Raedschelders). When I did my version, I tried to draw attention to the center tunnel by have the angels and demons enter and exit the tunnel.
Antou-desu Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is really really amazing :D
Hop41 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011   General Artist
I can't believe how much the angels really look like angels and the bats really look like bats, and not just crude caricatures thereof! The fact that the two are conceptuallylinked in an important way is icing on the cake. I agree with the earlier comment, though; I'd crop the outside parts.
Magnetarin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
roren001 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Wonderful work. I think that you should consider cropping the outer edges. Compositionally speaking it would make for a nicer format and would make it appear more cylindrical.
Hop41 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
You know, I believe you are right. The outer edges don't contribute much.
AMT182 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
This is incredible, I posted you to:
3eetle Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
My mind is completely blown, that is down right incredible! Instant fav :D
lioness20 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
that's just downright awesome
ozplasmic Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very amazing stuff!
Netdeviant Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Wonderful :D
The color really brings it alive, and still leaves you confused.
Hop41 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
At one time most of my work was pen and ink or graphite pencil. There's something I like about black and white. Black and white artists like M.C. Escher, Albretch Durer, Ansel Adams, Gustav Dore, or Aubrey Beardsley remain among my favorites.

I started doing color reluctantly but now I enjoy it.
Netdeviant Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Same, black and white is my favorite in landscapes and objects, but this one's color just WORKS.
HieloHieloHielo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
Hop41 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Hey! Thanks! :D
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