“The Escherian Stairwell”

Video documents the existence of a never-ending stairwell “Escherian Stairwell”

On April 2013, many people were amazed and puzzled by a video from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) purportedly documenting the existence of a “Escherian Stairwell” which “violates the laws of physics and basic logic by looping back into itself”.

I would like to know if the Escherian stairwell located in the RIT is actually a never ending stairwell. Is it possible for a staircase to violate the laws of physics and basic logic by looping back into itself, or just a camera trick.

On 30 April 2013 article published on RIT website, Michael Lacanilao created the video series. The video showing off the unusual stairway was supposedly the third installment of a “Can You Imagine” series about “interesting facts, stories and myths of RIT”

Around 30,000 people were at the festival on May 4. Apparently, the exhibit located in Artistic Alley in Gannet Hall room A171, will help festival goers search for the stairwell and give them a behind the scenes look at “Can You Imagine”.

Quite obviously no physics-defying “Escherian Stairwell” exists in the real world. The secret is that it is a film maker‘s illusion. The video was a bit of trickery created in conjunction with a (failed) Kickstarter campaign – (“The Stairwell Project – Building a Modern Myth”) intended to help fund the creation of articles, videos and other materials to establish a mythical backstory for the stairway in time for  Imagine RIT, the school’s annual Innovation & Creativity Festival.


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