MC Escher's "Relativity" recreated in Star Wars Lego, with many in-jokes and grace-notes

Paul Vermeesch, a Lego jedi, created this loving tribute to MC Escher's Relativity, with innumerable grace-notes and sly in-jokes. It's living proof of the progress of Lego: ten years ago, I blogged Lego/Escher mashups of much less ambition.

Six months in the making, I present my largest creation to date: a 1x1x1 foot model of M.C. Escher's print "Relativity" reenacted in the Lego Star Wars theme. A far larger, cleaner, and more detailed rehashing of my 2010 version, this diorama is fully lit from the inside, 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. Enjoy!

I attempted to stay as true as possible to the geometry and proportions of Esher's work, while bringing in the colors, worlds, and characters of Star Wars, and the freshness of the Lego medium. Unlike my first version of this concept, this diorama was not built solely for the finished replication photograph. This diorama has many details and scenes not completely visible in the finished picture. Take a look at some of these scenes and details below!

Star Wars Relativity V2 (Thanks, Phoebe!)


  1. I have quite a few friends with scientific backgrounds, most of them science teachers in various levels of education. It never ceases to amuse and amaze me when I see the many framed ESCHER PRINTS that litter their offices and even bathroom walls. I think most of my science friends have grown way past the Star Wars obsession phase, but ESCHER remains inscrutably popular – especially the drawing of Escher holding the shiny globe with all the reflections of his surroundings

  2. Impressive. Most impressive.
    EDIT: Make sure you follow the link- the detail is amazing. Plus, internal lighting and a little movie theater with an ipod touch as the screen!

  3. Whoah – that’s amazing – and it made me flash back to working on Labyrinth with that exquisite reproduction of Relativity. Escher’s 2 dimensional illustration is iconic but when you stand immersed in a full sized 3 dimensional replica – pow-zoom!  The only way onto the set was through a narrow opening in one corner and once inside your head just assplodes as you look all around and try not to fall over.

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