When I set up the room where I used to run my personal development workshops, I chose all of the artwork myself and I was very keen to ensure that we put a couple of Escher prints on the wall. The reason I like his work is that he forces you to look at his images from different viewpoints and, at least in part, that is an important aspect of self improvement.
There are always different perspectives on any issue you might care to name and some of them may seem completely illogical, so I love to see his images of water flowing around in an endless cycle or people walking down an endless staircase. Below is Nico Roig’s tribute to M.C. Escher, an interactive panorama made by joining the edges of the Relativity piece so that they form a kind of hypersphere.
You can have a lot of fun playing with it …
I also love Escher’s tessellations of horses, fish and unicorns, but especially the Liberation piece, which he did in 1955, that depicts birds skillfully intertwined, mentally challenging us to make the decision between foreground and background. It is quite amazing that it is actually possible to produce images with foreground and background tessellated so perfectly that it is possible to see two distinct realities either black on white or white on black.
Apparently, Escher only began to play about with reality in his pictures from the age of forty. That, we might say, was when he finally managed to find his voice. You may remember Stephen Covey’s 8th Habit is stated as: Find Your Voice and Encourage Others to Find Theirs. When we ‘find our voice’ we have finally found what it is that we should be doing with our lives.
Some people never actually manage to ‘find their voice’. As Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “most people go to their graves with their music still inside them.” Make sure you don’t let that happen to you!