I’ve always believed there were two types of people in the world. There are those who crack open a LEGO kit, consult the directions, and meticulously recreate the official scene or ship or castle, exactly as intended. Then there are the ones who dump all the bricks out of the box, throw the instructions into the nearest open flame, and start snapping things together to see what they can create. I’m betting Paul Vermeesch fits into the latter category, because this frankly amazing Star Wars/Escher LEGO diorama mash-up sure as hell didn’t come with directions.
Posted to the LEGO fansite MOCpages, Vermeesch’s creation is a tribute to M.C. Escher’s classic “Relativity” print, often spotted on T-shirts or the walls of college dorm rooms the world over. Apparently this is actually his second attempt, improving on a diorama he built in 2010. If you weren’t already impressed just at first glance, take note of this touch you might not have noticed: according to Vermeesch, the diorama “presents the original Star Wars trilogy in a roughly counterclockwise format, and even features a minifig-scale theatre in the back which plays Lego’s CG version of the Star Wars saga.” Here’s Escher’s original for comparison, and you can see close-up shots of various parts of the diorama in the gallery below.