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For scientists, the logical pictorial structure of Escher's prints, as well as the way in which he creates a connection between the visual phenomena, are the attractive aspects of his work. The other groups are less interested in the ingenious than in the mysterious and incomprehensible in Escher's prints. They are fascinated particularly by Escher's representation of imaginary spatial constructions, which can exist on paper but not in our everyday world, as for example, in Relativity, Other World, or House of Stairs.
Escher's world is extraordinary but explicable; yet those who are susceptible to more irrational arguments prefer to speculate about its enigmatic qualities...
This attitude was the forerunner of a rage that led to an extraordinary popularity of Scher's prints in the world of hippies and Pop music. In the United States innumerable posters in Day-Glo colors - with titles such as Atlantis (Double Planetoid) and Bad Trip (Dream) - were manufactured after his work, which was also in demand for the decoration of record albums or T-shirts.
A hint of the reason for this popularity can be seen in these sentences by Thomas Albright... in Rolling Stone, in 1970: "...The main reason for the sudden run on Escher is the close parallel of his vision to the themes of contemporary 'psychedelic art'... [and] the fact that nothing is really as it seems and that everything is governed by higher laws of logic and mathematical laws that draw the universe and all its opposing elements together in a mysterirous, unknowing harmony." -- C.H.A. Broos.
In this picture three gravitational forces operate perpendicularly to one another. Men are walking crisscross together on the floor and the stairs. Some of them, though belonging to different worlds, come very close together but can't be aware of each other's existence. Let us take some examples: In the center a fellow with a coal bag on his back comes up from a cellar. But the floor on which he sets his right foot is a wall for the seated man to his left, which to his right is another man coming downstairs, who lives in yet a third world. Another example: On the uppermost staircase, two persons are moving side by side, both of them from left to right. Yet one descends and the other ascends. - M.C. Escher