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January 18, 2020 — The Vessel, Hudson Yards, Manhattan

On the inside, looking in. I kept looking for a sign: M. C. Escher was here. I didn’t see a sign, but I’m not convinced he isn’t looking in from somewhere.

(Canon G5X II. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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      • I noticed the line symmetry of the left and right halves, even to things like the reversal of the Sephora sign and the B2 and B3. That made me think you took the left half and flipped it horizontally to replace the right half. After that, to break up a too-obviously perfect symmetry, you would have had to move some people around or paste in details from a different frame, especially at the bottom center.

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      • Then the next question is whether your post’s title was influenced by the first line in the second stanza of the Major General’s song from the Pirates of Penzance:

        “I’m very well acquainted too with matters mathematical;
        I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical;
        About binomial theorem I’m teeming with a lot o’ news—
        With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.

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  1. Intriguing is a perfect description. And definitely has that Escher hypnotic effect, almost sci-fi. The first time I saw this structure, it struck me as a pine cone drawn with an Etch A Sketch, but it’s definitely grown on me. I thought Heatherwick (in addition to having a really cool name, like a character from Harry Potter) should also get a medal for discovering a way to get Americans to use the stairs, but I see they’ve added an elevator

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  2. Liked it more in your image than in the link. Wasn’t completed last time I was there, hoping to visit next time. Your image is wonderful. Think Steve has hit on the answer 😊

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  3. If Escher’s signature isn’t there his influence certainly his and you’ve pictured it perfectly. I don’t have much desire to go to the big city but if I did this would be on the list. Modern architecture isn’t my favorite but this is seriously cool.


  4. A structure designed specifically for photographers. You can’t take a bad photo here. This one is pretty nice, too. I’m betting this isn’t the only one you took.

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