Painting 4 Verse 4 Solution
The solution given below will present clues from the verse and the image in a way that narrows down the search area to that specific point. Bits of
the original image are shown in the left column in cells with a tan background. Lines from the verse are in the same column but with a yellow
background. (For more detail about any particular clue, check the page for the image or verse.)
1. The shape to the left of the monument suggests that we should be looking in Ohio, possibly near a major highway.
2. As discussed above these icons hint at latitude and longitude, but only of some numbers are reversed or possibly also moved out or order.
Reversing the 14 could give us a bracket of 41 & 42. The 1881 is a question mark using this technique.
Reversing the 14 and introducing a decimal could give us 41.42.
Reversing the 18 AND moving it out of order could give us 81.81.
This would get us close to Cleveland but not near the park that we know is correct.
Cleveland is of course also confirmed by the Terminal Tower image match.
3. The sphere with the triangle on it shape is a reference to Euclid "The Father of Geometry." He was of course, also Greek.
Euclid Ave (Route 20) is a major Cleveland thoroughfare that runs from downtown through East Cleveland. It runs by the lower section of Rockefeller
Park which is home to the Cultural Gardens.
That area also contains Bellflower Road and the last remnant of Liberty Blvd. (See below for more info)
4. The icon of the bell and flower in close proximity may hint at Bellflower Road. However reading of lines usually flows down.
To make a Bell+Flower rebus from these icons, this would need to be another example of something that is backwards or reversed in this puzzle.
Bellflower Road is shown here in its entirely. Its length is entirely within the campus of Case Western Reserve University. There are many buildings
of higher learning nearby plus a hospital, performing arts center and Science and Art museums.
With many of the arts and sciences flowing from the Greek tradition, if Preiss intended Bellflower Road to be a clue in the puzzle, this would be a
likely reason why.
5. Just south and west of Bellflower road and next to the university campus is the last remaining remnant of Liberty Boulevard.
In 1981 the rest of Liberty Blvd was renamed Martin Luther King Dr. That is the road that runs up through the park and through the Cultural
Liberty Blvd was in turn a street that was renamed in 1919. It was so named on Memorial Day 1919 to commemorate Liberty Row.
Which is definitely the main reason for this "Liberty" (bell) icon and is the clue that bring us up from Euclid Ave into Rockefeller Park and toward
the Cultural Gardens.
6. Liberty Row was the name given to what was then one of the first "living memorials."
By that Memorial Day celebration hundreds of "Liberty Oaks" were planted along a nine-mile string of several connected roads running next to and
through a string of parks in this section of Cleveland. At the foot of each Liberty Oak was embedded a circular bronze marker with the name of a
soldier killed in the recently concluded WWI.
7. Which brings us back to the centaur and its characteristics.
Centaurs are reported to be fierce in battle.
Are creatures of the forest, as depicted by the trees in the image.
One of their ancestral homes of lore is thought to be the Foloi Oak Forest.
(Oaks, like the ones planted on Liberty Row).
The helmet the centaur wears appears to be one very similar to any of several worn by the allies n World War I.
8. Following the path of Liberty Row up MLK Dr. we spot another marker at a Liberty Oak right in front a the Lithuanian Gardens. The next one up ahead
is the Greek Cultural Gardens.
Which brings us to a stretch of Martin Luther King Dr. (formerly Liberty Blvd) in the Cultural Gardens where our verse begins:
A. Beneath two countries
The casque was buried in the Grecian Cultural Garden. "Beneath two countries" means when you are still on MLK Blvd., before you follow the curve in
the road, you gaze up at the Greek and Italian Gardens high above you on the hillside.
B. As the road curves
Parkgate Avenue curves around this section of the gardens. Which also may be hinted at in a section of the centaur's tail.
As we follow the bend in Parkgate Ave. we see confirmation that we're on the right course when we spot the back wall of the Italian Gardens and the
images matches found there.
Coming the rest of the way around the Parkgate Ave. bend, we arrive at East Blvd. and the front of the Italian Gardens with the image matches found
Skipping ahead to the end lines at this point we're supposed to notice 'the columns" we seek to our left at the Greek Gardens.
C. In a rectangular plot
D. Beneath the tenth stone
E. From right to left
F. Beneath the ninth row from the top
G. Of the wall including small bricks
H. Seven steps up you can hop
I. From the bottom level
These are explicit directions to the sunken planter and more importantly it contains very detailed and precise instructions to EXACT spot to dig up
the casque. In the Expedition Unknown episode Andy Abrams explained that once the instructions were interpreted properly, he stuck the probe in twice
and hit the casque on the third try.
However as the middle lines in the verse, they are clearly out of place and indicate that the verses in this puzzle is in non-linear order.
This is definitely an example of the of the 'backward/reverse or out of order hypothesis" holding true.
For further analysis on this, see the Solve Dissection section below.
Note: the placement of the sunken planter is NOT on the front of the wall from which we will later make our approach. It's on the back or reverse side
of the wall.
J. Socrates, Pindar, Apelles
These names, among those of many other luminaries of ancient Greece, are chiseled into the Pylon Monument.
Yet this whole section of verse from this point forward again appear to be out of order. The final instructions to the dig spot are above and this
section appears to hold the clues to how we are to arrive at that location.
Even within this section the lines appear to be backwards. It is not possible to read or even notice this inscription until well after finding 'the
columns' we are supposed to be seeking.
Again, for more on the 'backwards/reverse or out of order hypothesis' see the Solve Dissection section below.
K. Free Speech, couplet, birch
Refers, respectively, to Socrates (died for free speech), Pindar (a poet), and Apelles (a painter; "birch brush").
L. To find casque's destination
M. Seek the columns
N. For the search.
The entrance to the Grecian Garden is marked by two columns that appear in Image 4.
The columns are the key clue that leads us into the Greek Cultural Gardens and to the Pylon Monument.
In addition, the inscription with the names of the Greek luminaries is also on this front side of the monument.
So, this is clearly the way we are meant to make our approach.
Yet the planter and dig spot for which the instructions in verse lines 3-9 apply are on the reverse side of this wall. With no overt explanation or
instruction to go around to the other side.
Final Location: 41.527651 N, 81.626926 W.
(Latitude: 41.527651, Longitude: 81.626926)