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Castrovalva - The Titfield Thunderbolt
Heisenberg might have stayed here
None for ages, and then two come along at once, as we headed to Dulwich Picture Gallery again yesterday for the Amazing World of M C Escher exhibition. Expecting it to be popular we had pre-booked and it was busy, though manageably so. Despite the popularity of so many works, it was definitely worth seeing them up close; their very nature means there is always something new to see. Amongst a couple of self portraits, Castrovalva, several Regular Divisions of the Plane and the particularly famous Ascending and Descending inspired by Roger and Lionel Penrose, there were other works such as Balcony and Print Gallery that were completely new to me. It's perplexing that Escher claimed to have no mathematical ability, but maybe that's fitting for a man who produced such paradoxical images.

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strange_complex From: strange_complex Date: October 25th, 2015 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gosh - I had realised of course that the plot and sets for Doctor Who's Castrovalva are distinctly Escheresque, but I am embarrassed not to have realised before now that it is actually the name of one of his drawings! Oops, and thanks for clearing that up. I don't think I've ever seen any of his work in real life and in full detail, but I can very well imagine how rewarding it must be. Glad to hear that you enjoyed in.

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qatsi From: qatsi Date: October 26th, 2015 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, of course the first time I watched it (back in 1982!) I didn't know or see any references, but on rewatching they are all over the place. Dulwich is a bit of a trek but if you have an excuse to visit London I would certainly recommend it - the exhibition runs until January.
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