top of page

It's Hip to Be Square

It's not too hard to figure out...You see it every day...And those that were the farthest out...Have gone the other way.


Let's talk about the Golden Puzzle, Verse 5, Image 9. It's the 10th month, our gem is the opal, and flower the Calendula. Well, the Calendula, otherwise known as the MariGOLD. Notice how image 9 is riddled with golden squares. Kit Palencar even posted a close up of the painting which shows gold leaf was utilized in the art.


So, what else tells us to look in the Square Mile? Perhaps, a map of the Square Mile. The collar has always been quite suspicious. Side by side, they are very close given some artistic liberties to integrate the shape into a curved collar. The right image is only cropped and easily searchable as the Square Mile boundary.

Golden squares abound and a potential map fragment, very interesting. Could the pointing be telling us the street and a unique feature on the street? Perhaps, if you insert the nine north/south streets of the Square Mile into the blocks our Rembrandt-esque character is pointing too.

It appears he is pointing to Rue Drummond and some sort of animal. Ironically, two of these lamps are located on Rue Drummond. After walking the street countless times over the years, I would propose they are arguably the most unique feature on the street.

Could the below portion of Image 9 be interpreted as a drum? I think so.

Okay, the painting potentially contains:

  • A marigold

  • Golden squares

  • A map of the Square Mile

And more specifically:

  • Pointing which can be linked to Rue Drummond and a pair of unique lamps on said street.

  • A potential drum.

This seems very compelling for the casque to be located in the Square Mile somewhere on Drummond. Would a puzzle require this many specifics to simply provide the start? Highly unlikely. But what about the verse? Verse 5 must have a concrete, real world tie to the locale as well, correct? Sure it does - Of granite walls. The line points directly to the granite cornerstone of the Norris Building on Rue Drummond which was laid by F.B. Walls.

Citadel in the night?

Let's recap. Numerous things from Image 9 point to the Square Mile. More specifically, Rue Drummond. Utilizing Verse 5 on Rue Drummond, we happen upon two verse lines literally carved in stone on buildings. Rumor has it Byron was notorious for taking words from buildings for the verses.


Now, I have a question. Given the evidence, why are so many of you searching elsewhere for the Montreal casque? Or maybe I should just ask, Do you like Huey Lewis and The News? Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in'83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically.

You might think I'm crazy...But I don't even care...Because I can tell what's going on...It's hip to be square!


22 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

8 Comments


Fenix
Fenix
Jun 11, 2021

@notsoclvr - Of course it could be argued V8 describes the Mitchell Holland row house on Drummond which was an interior design firm for many years. I actually brought this up on the original podcast with JM. However, I do have issues with it being a row house described as a three story building as well as the significance of the building to the GSM. None the less, it is an option and I've never denied this. I personally gravitate towards the historical significance associated with most of the buildings in play thus far. Mitchell Hall stood alone, is clearly three stories, and has great significance to Milwaukee which many just ignore. In addition, verse 8 flows tremendously wel…

Like
notsoclevr
notsoclevr
Jun 12, 2021
Replying to

It really is interesting how people can have very different views about Verse 8, but their reasoning is so similar. I feel that the Drummond/beating of the world link is so “perfect” that Verse 8 MUST be linked to Montreal, but the same could be said of the people who feel the 3 stories of Mitchell/Mitchell Hall link is so ”perfect” that Verse 8 MUST go with Milwaukee. And there’s just enough ambiguity in the rest of the verse to make it “fit” both cities.

Like

notsoclevr
notsoclevr
Jun 11, 2021

Couldn’t it be argued that Verse 8 also gives you a concrete example of a name on a building: the Mitchell Holland Building (which is 3 stories) just down Rue Drummond (“the beating of the world”) from the Mount Stephen Club?

Also, does it concern you that, in your interpretation, BP used 5 of the 18 lines in the verse


Weight and roots extended

Together saved the site

Of granite walls

Wind swept halls

Citadel in the night


to describe ONE building?


I just recently listened to your podcasts, and I enjoyed them! Lots of food for thought.


Like

Golo Gi
Golo Gi
May 30, 2021

The street names, why thoses street and not the others ? I don't understand, this seems too far fetched to be even conceivable as a lead.

But thanks anyway for sharing this !

Like
phrabbott
phrabbott
May 30, 2021
Replying to

I guess as a city boy myself, I don’t see it as inconceivable to see blocks in an image as city blocks. Especially when many think the blocks in Image 1 are also streets/city blocks. The actual choice of streets chosen for said blocks do seem to be hinted to heavily in the image as Fenix pointed out. Personally, I’d keep it on the table as possible.

Like
bottom of page