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Art in the form of an optical illusion is taking the world on a mind-bending adventure after a video of the work titled Stairway to Heaven went viral.

South Africans, and those of us in the Western Cape might be particularly proud to know that the case of art is actually from the mind of one of our own.

South African land artist and sculptor, Strijdom van der Merwe, is the mind behind the staircase muse, which was first unveiled at the Hermanus Fine Arts Festival in 2016.

Since then the stairs have gone on a world tour of sorts, and a recreation of the original, which resides at Creation Farm in the Hemel and Aarde Valley, is currently taking viewers on a mind trip in Taiwan.

The Nanhui Art Project approached the 60-year-old local artist to recreate the work.