Orbital View: Seeing Escher in Sand Dunes

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Kjell Lindgren found some graphic art in these burnt-sienna dunes:

These magnificent dunes remind me of an Escher drawing.

A photo posted by Kjell Lindgren (@astro_kjell) on

M.C. Escher, the 20th-century Dutch illustrator, was known for his quirky, “impossible” drawings, like this one. “A meticulously crafted 3D animation revealing a universe of wonderful things based on imagery in M.C. Escher’s art” was featured by Kasia here.

Bonus sand dunes from Kjell here.

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