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Look at the shadows cast by the pillars.
You can tell it's a trompe d'oeil structure.
A few days ago I spent the whole day looking at the video and trying to come up with an explanation just *how* it can work.
I can see how it can work in Escher's drawings, but on video? It is probably a good optical illusion - when he pours in the water you can see it flowing over the wood and it apparently shows that the wood is laying flat or maybe a little running downwards. But then where does it come dripping over the edge and onto the millwheel is totally beyond me.
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I think in the very left set of pillars he actually has a hose that squirts water upwards and makes it fall on the wheel. So the water on the aquaduct doesn't actually fall down, it just stops at the end, but the left pillar starts to let the water flow at just the right time. Perhaps triggered by a switch or a timer.
@PieterV That makes sense. So kind of like this model.
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just an optical illusion, look at the structure shadows on the floor, they don't match up.