‘Staircase to Heaven’ – Optical Illusion by Strijdom van der Merwe

If you’re looking for a ‘Staircase to Heaven’ look no more, South African artist Strijdom van der Merwe has built it for you. 4.5 meter-tall sculpture made out of steel is located in Taitung County, Taiwan, and it’s a part of the Nanhui Art Project. The Taitung County is adorned with 14 public works installed by various artists, and the ‘Staircase to Heaven’ was actually a collaboration between Van der Merwe and Taiwanese artist Chou Sheng-Hsien. Together they have built an optical illusion made out of steel square tubing that weighs a total of 240 kg! What makes this sculpture amazing is of course its optical illusion. Its secrets are revealed by looking at it from the sides where it clearly tells you that it’s a construction built on a flat plane. Simple, yet mind-boggling. We suggest that you watch a video in the link below to fully understand what is going on here. Enjoy.

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Photo credits: Strijdom van der Merwe

A collaboration between South African artist Van der Merwe and Taiwanese artist Chou Sheng-Hsien

An optical illusion made out of steel, weighing 240 kg!

The sculpture is actually built on a flat plain!

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