For those who aren’t art aficionados, Reptiles is a lithograph print by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher which was first printed in March, 1943. It depicts a desk on which is a drawing of a tessellated pattern of reptiles. The reptiles come to life and crawl around the desk and over the objects on it to eventually re-enter the drawing. These floor pieces were inspired by the piece, and just might be the coolest yet. Continue reading to see more.

Although the desk is covered with ordinary objects, there is a metal dodecahedron which the reptiles climb over. Although only the size of small lizards, these reptiles appear to have tusks and the one standing on the dodecahedron blows smoke from its nostrils. Like many of Escher’s works, this image was intended to depict a paradoxical and slightly humorous concept with no real philosophical meaning.

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