I can show you painterly abstractions and Northwest exhibitions,
That will equally shape your map on which to find,
What Jacob’s cobbler shouldered, or Helen’s gallery once formed,
In Euclid’s Elements, this founder’s theorems were lined.
For this clue, we wanted to highlight the “fine art” experiences at Bumbershoot. We refer to Jacob Lawrence, a Northwest artist, who was exhibited several times at Bumbershoot. We also refer to the Mt. St. Helens “Volcano Gallery,” an arts exhibition put on the same year that the volcano erupted.
Our first line uses the term abstractions to indicate we are looking for a ‘form’ if you will. The second line again highlights the clue answer both as a ‘shape’ (equally is a loose reference for the ‘equilateral’ type of triangle) and as a directionally reference in that the medallion is located by map on a triangular piece of land bounded on two sides by streets and one side by fence. Our direct references in line three are to Jacob Lawrence’s masterpiece ‘The Shoemaker’ whose shoulder in the painting is clearly triangular. The Helen’s gallery once formed refers to Mount St. Helens and the general triangular form that all of the northwest volcanos project and that St. Helens also once formed like. The triangle references are further confirmed by talking about Euclid’s Elements. His books or geometric theorems became the foundation which much of modern geometry was built! He covered ‘triangles,’ including ‘equilateral’ triangles, in his Book 1. Finally, we chose to use the word ‘founders’ two ways: 1. as a red herring for the ‘Denny Triangle’ area of Seattle, and 2. as would be revealed later in the Search, other ‘triangles’ within the founding areas of Seattle (i.e. Pioneer Square). This is an example where the clues tend to have a cumulative effect, with “Square” later helping to clarify the “Triangle” clue.