I'm Coming, Lord: Optical Illusion Stairway To Heaven

November 18, 2013


This is David McCracken's 'Diminish and Ascend', a giant aluminum sculpture that looks like a stairway to heaven. It doesn't actually lead to the pearly gates though, it's just an optical illusion. It's really only 30-feet long and 15-feet high and is perched atop a hill at Bondi Beach in Australia. So trying to climb to the end will only result in a fall. What were you doing trying to sneak into heaven anyways? God generally frowns on that. "Did you just...?" Did I just what? "Did you just take money out of the collection plate when it was going around?" I thought it was like a give-a-penny, take-a-penny situation. "Well it's not." GOTTA RUN.

Keep going for two more shots in case you were wondering if the illusion works from other angles (it does!).



Thanks to Chris C, who agrees heaven better have an escalator because I don't do stairs.

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