The Impossible Statue

In Belgium we can make the impossible possible. At least if we leave it upto mathematician Mathieu Hamaekers. Mathieu is responsible for the most impossible statue in the world: a 3D Penrose triangle. This object, first created by the Swedish artist Oscar Reutersvärd in 1934, was popularised by Roger Penrose independently in the 1950s, describing it as "impossibility in its purest form".  But not in the centre of Ophoven, a small Flemish village next to the Dutch border, where you can gaze at this miracle since 1997.

Mathieu, we like to call him the master of deception, achieved this by an optical illusion, titled Unity. The object looks (im)possible from a single point of view, the point where all the curved edges become straight lines. Disregarding shadows, the figure looks like an impossible triangle. The same object rotated by 45 and 90 degrees display a whole different visual.

And the statue got a sequel! In 2004, Mathieu created “The Blue Village”, a 3D virtual drawing of the center of the Village with Unity as the central Object. Here at the I Love Belgium offices, we're already planning to realise a bigger version on a more tourist crowded place. We strongly believe it would become the third most photographed Belgian statue (next to the Atomium and Manneken Pis)! Until then you'll have to go Ophoven or google street view.

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