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Can you solve the riddles in Mechanics Lane?

Jessie Stanley's artwork titled Here Beneath Suspended Above challenges the viewer to solve two riddles.

See Jessie Stanley's paste up art in Mechanics Lane and see if you can solve the riddles.

Friday 26 October 2018

Local artist Jessie Stanley has set the community a riddle-solving challenge in her new paste-up commission in Mechanics Lane in Castlemaine.

The installation titled Here Beneath / Suspended Above contains two riddles that describe aspects of our relationship with our environment. One that is unique to Castlemaine and one that echoes a more universal experience.

When viewed from the laneway, a jumble of letters are suspended within a blue and red pattern to create a vibrant sign that needs decoding to discover its hidden messages.

The riddles can be read during daylight hours by using the blue and red filters provided with an invitation in the foyer at the Phee Broadway Theatre and Castlemaine Library.

Artist Jessie Stanley said the optical illusion works by playing with the properties of light and the way our eyes perceive colour.

Jessie’s work embraces the congruence of graphic design and art in public space as platforms for affecting the way meaning is produced within society.

“The process of my creative practice sculpts my way of seeing and understanding our relationship to the world,” said Jessie.

“Each art-exploration begins with site-specific historiographic and geographic research, on a quest to understand our relationship to time and space,” she said.

Here Beneath / Suspended Above is the final work as part of council’s year-long public art project along Mechanics Lane.

“Jessie’s work responds and speaks to our cultural precinct in a truly interactive way,” said Vicki Anderson, Cultural Development Officer.

“Here Beneath / Suspended Above literally demands you to take a different perspective,” she said.

Think you can solve the riddles? If so, you are invited to contact the artist at post@jessiestanley.com. Correct answers will go into the draw to win one limited edition print from Jessie Stanley in January 2019.

This year’s paste up program in Mechanics Lane has featured commissioned works by Steve Parsons, Wendy Murray and most recently, Elissa Sadgrove.

Elissa’s work from her Relocomotion series was designed to slowly fade over time, as is the case for Here Beneath / Suspended Above. Don’t miss your chance to solve the riddles!

For more information visit www.pheebroadwaytheatre.com.au.

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