"Ives Got It!"

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"A simpler one to end. Nice relief!"

Hucka D.:

It is done except for the polishing of the 10th. Well done!

bb:

Thanks, but you helped a lot. I have to give you a lot of credit. But we have no rest, perhaps, because the Jasper series is coming up immediately.

Hucka D.:

Very.

bb:

I'm going to pull up Wheeler Collage #10 and animate it with Wheeler Collage #1 for an interpretation. Give me just a second... (pause)* First off, we have the two truncated trees turned upside down from each other in respect to "Benwheelerworld". This would be the willow and the palm beside Mossman in the older work.

Hucka D.:

And hiding two Mossmen as well. This hiding makes the title of the sign to the left more apt: there is only one Mossman now. Or is there?

bb:

Anyway, so this reversing of willow and palm between the two collages, #10 and #1 of the series, is obviously related to the same between collage #5 and #6 of the Wheeler series, or "Willows Diamond" and "The Secret Word Is...". In the former you have the willow but not the palm, in the latter the reverse.

Hucka D.:

It seems that because the palm and willow are placed opposite what they are in either of these two central collages, that the current collage, "Ives Got It!", is a resolution of some kind for the series. What does "Ives Got It!" mean, then?

bb:

Ives is present in the collage, this time as what one could call an "avatar". This would be the snowman Ives famously voiced in the Christmas classic "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer". I believe the yellow submarine the Ives-snowman is pulling out of the field of similarly yellow or golden grass here would substitute for Rudolph in this case. And the glowing nose of the reindeer, the saver of Christmas, becomes the nose of the sub, instead.

Hucka D.:

Ives tells the story of the saving of Christmas, then. He relays events that have already happened.

bb:

Somehow the saving of Christmas also, then, causes the appearance of the single Mossman in the midst of Ives-snowman and yellow sub.

Hucka D.:

I believe this represents the appearance of the Wheeler series as a whole, starting with this collage #1. End has switched back to beginning; the snake has swallowed its own tail. Orobourus.

bb:

And then I guess -- turning to the sign on the right -- that "City Hunt" is also a part of this overall reversal demonstrated in "Ives Got It!", like the reversal of the palm and willow. This is, however, reversed from its state in the collage immediately before #10, or "Words Worth Savings."

Hucka D.:

We have a little more work to do on that one, though.

bb:

OK, we'll maybe get to that probably tomorrow night... maybe tonight. But Hunt City becomes City Hunt. I believe this has to do with the Mossman sign that it turns into in the switch from 10 to 1, again. I think the city hunt referred to here is the hunt for the Mossman sign, which is an actual town sign in Australia. This is then, again, a transformation of a reversal into a singular version of Mossman.

Hucka D.:

The position of the palm and willow in #10 mirror that of the Stephen gallery. We must also talk of that tonight if we can.

bb:

Well... briefly, I think I may have to give up the Otherland property and gallery. I now rent a second gallery space on the mainlands, and I'm beginning to understand that the Otherland one will never be frequently visited. Heck, even the really, really cool Verloren Castle, sitting right on the ground and in the center of everything, as far as centers in Otherland go, doesn't get that many visitors, perhaps a couple a day -- could be wrong there.

Hucka D.:

You must stay on Otherland at least another month. Then decide the next step. You have your two, cheap mainland gallery spaces now. You've freed up room to insert the Jasper series into the primary of the two: the Edwardston Station Gallery in Healy. You must focus on all-things-Jasper now. You are wrapping up an important, long term project. Very important.

bb:

I can't see beyond Jasper then, or the 10x10.

Hucka D.:

You can but in a more limited way that at the end. Getting back to the collage interpretation, these two men around the sign seem to be playing golf. Has the man to the left lost his ball, perhaps?

bb:

This is the same man as in the third collage of the series, or "Bigfeet". There his foot overlaps the foot of a red fox.

Hucka D.:

I believe this is a reference to the Cinderella story. The shoe fit in Healy, though. You found your correct fit. The ruby slipper. One, in this case.

bb:

The golf bag full of clubs is obvious reference to "Wilsonia Drivers". The man is hunting his golf ball, perhaps, like we, as a whole, are searching for the way out of the collage series. And the hunt ends with finding the correct city or concept: Mossman. "City Hunt" turns into or is resolved by "Mossman".

Hucka D.:

Interesting that in this draft, the word "Ives" is partially obscured. You'd probably have difficulty in making out the word if you weren't familiar with the previous collage of the series. (pause). There's also the possibility that Mossman is a Christ figure, since there are three posts holding up the Mossman sign...

bb:

...and that particular aspect might be transferred into the first of the Rose Hill series, just guessing by some rough drafts I've already concocted for the first collage of that one.

Hucka D.:

We are about ready to end and move on.

bb:

I should also point out that the obscured Mossmen or Mossman has 3 feet, just as there are 3 pictures of Lambfoot Dub tarn in "Bigfeet", the collage that the men of this particular collage "come from".

Hucka D.:

Could be visa versa as well, though.

bb:

Right. One of the Mossman/men feet is now obscured, in turn, by the Ives-Snowman.

Hucka D.:

That would be the correct foot. The one in the future.

bb:

Alright, we'll just leave it at that.

Hucka D.:

Also: congratulations on the 1st birthday of the blog itself. You've created a lot of posts!

bb:

I don't see it slowing down very soon either, although it has shifted away from SL a bit since the end of October. First Carrcass-1 had to be dealt with, and now Wheeler-Jasper. In-between: the Ubertemple(s).

Hucka D.:

You're not finished with Otherland.

bb:

No.

* Once again, the reader can create this animation themselves: just toggle between this image of the newer "Ives Got It!" and the older "Benwheelerworld".

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