Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout
Life is never straight (Joey Kulkin photo)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Vignettes from Vermont: Sator Square Graffiti

Sator Square (Wikipedia photo)

BENNINGTON -- Four Bostonians walked into Fiddlehead at Four Corners the other day and were quite different from other customers. Young and bright and vibrant and smart and vivacious and happy are a few adjectives Art Gallery Dude thought of as he watched them move about the old marble bank turned art gallery.

One thing leads to another ... and all four are in the Graffiti Vault with chalky fingers.

Devin and Abbie provided the first cute moment by chalking Devin (pink hearts) Abbie ...

... and then Devin re-created his marriage proposal by getting on one knee while Abbie went Whaaaaaaat?!!11?!! It was a really cute moment between a guy and his doll ... a guy whose handsome is a cross between JFK and John Edwards.

AGD has seen many kinds of these love moments in the Graffiti Vault.

Speaking of JFK and John Edwards, Devin Romanul is a Democrat who ran for state office and fell victim to typical douchebag GOP tactics after a tongue-in-cheek remark he had made on a satirical TV show (HERE) about getting stoned.

Suffice it to say, Devin did not win that election. These days he's a campaign manager. He and AGD engaged in a short but solid dialogue about Bennington politics.

Andrew Jackson and Erica Spyres comprised the other couple in the Boston Foursome.

Andrew chalked one of the most unique images the Graffiti Vault has seen ...

... the Sator Square is the great-grandfather of palindromes and crossword puzzles alike and goes back 2,000 years or more -- possibly predating Christianity.

"The magic square ... translates as The sower, Arepo, sows the seed," Jackson, a 28-year-old composer, wrote in an email after AGD asked him about the meaning. "It's a really fantastic piece of graffiti that was discovered on the walls of a bar in Herculaneum."

AGD Googled Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas and found THIS.

According to Wikipedia, "The earliest datable square was found in the ruins of Pompeii which was buried in the ash of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD" ... and "Among other interpretations, the square is regarded as a cryptic marker for the outside of an Early Christian house, as the letters resolve into a cross-shape reading 'PATERNOSTER (Our Father) both down and across, with two each of A and O, Alpha and Omega in Greek, left over."

THIS is another website dedicated to the Sator Square.

Another Google search led to "Arepo the sower" and THIS site about geocaching.

So getting back to Sator's Square and the Paternoster theory ...

... AGD went to high school with a Jennifer Paternoster. He had a crush on her.

Then again, every guy had a crush on the talented dancer.