Can you solve the mystery?


A few sites (such as this one) have been carrying this rather ordinary shot of a wedding….

However, when you zoom up on one section it all gets very creepy…


Can you figure out what is going on?


47 comments on “Can you solve the mystery?

  1. luannwatson says:

    trompe l’oeil – the creepy kind

  2. Gib says:

    Someone is hanging out the halloween costumes they’ve been making in preparation for sale next month…

  3. Zoe Butler says:

    I wasn’t expecting a kind of Spanish Inquisition. It’s a painting, of course. I’ve seen it before. I can’t quite remember which order of monks it is. I’ll have a think. 😛

  4. Anonymous says:

    Easter procession in Spain has just finished? Happy onlookers inadvertently terrify photographer?

  5. John Davis says:

    yes, the place is infested with ghost witches

  6. Indy says:

    I don’t think it could be Trump l’oeil, because why would you expect a balcony to be seen from above? You’d expect the perspective to work from somewhere the owner/creator might regularly see it.

    The creepy figures seem too much smaller than the wedding party to be adults. They
    look about 12 years old to me. I recon it could be a school party doing some drama, maybe a its a chorus for a play taking place in the hidden courtyard below.

  7. Indy says:

    Nope-I was wrong-what a fool I feel. 😦

    • mike haywars says:

      There, there… Don’t feel bad.
      So many of us had made the same assumption, but were not brave enough to claim it.

  8. Marcos says:

    I’d go for Occam’s razor, they simply don’t know that those things are there. If i HAD to guess, i’d say… those figures are not religion related… they represent something no so bad, they look creepy because they’re probably people who died and have to be pictured creepy, they’re 12, but that doesn’t tell me alot.

  9. Jethro Stevenson says:

    To me it looks like someone is using that balcony to store their parasols

  10. Anonymous says:

    Flash mob!

  11. Hmmm, seem to be twelve of them, twelve apostles, twelve in the Mormon Council, there is no way this is a coincidence. Probably just another sign of the Apocalypse. Time to warm up the Billboards again.

  12. Paul Durrant says:

    It’s a real balcony. See the ninth image here.

  13. Dave says:

    Have the local dunces club hired the suite next door?

  14. First you would have to read A Confederacy of Dunces, to understand the context, then explore the works of Dawn Dedeaux. Then you will have yor answer.

  15. Zoe Butler says:

    Yes, it’s Dawn Dedeaux, of course. I’ve seen this before. I was mixing it up with something else but allodoxaphobic has got it. A Confederacy of Dunces is a novel by John Kennedy Toole. I gather Dawn Dedeaux, a New Orleans artist used it as a basis of her exhibition ‘The Goddess Fortuna and Her Dunces in an Effort to Make Sense of It All’ - – and constructed mannequins which she positioned in various places. The Goddess Fortuna and Her Dunces In An Effort to Make Sense of It All

  16. Lena says:

    Is it the monks of St Benedicts?

  17. Owen Roberts says:

    A better photo of the installation…

  18. peter says:

    Shirley it’s members of the local KKK chapter, they’re queuing up outside their dry cleaners to complain about the service.

  19. Lazy T says:

    Miffed at not being invited to the ceremony the bride’s family are preparing their revenge.

  20. I think that must be a group of person in disguise.

  21. Eddie says:

    Is it a fresco then?

  22. June Trenholm says:

    It looks like they have moved the umbrellas from the courtyard to make space for the wedding

  23. little chap says:

    obviously, wedding crashers!

  24. mike hayward says:

    I can’t make any sense if it, none at all.
    Perhaps if we all stare at it for a bit longer the answer will come…

  25. Anonymous says:

    Its photoshopped because if you look at the middle window in the 1st picture, the creepy things standing in front of it are black. But if you look in the 2nd picture, the creepy things in front of the middle window are red

  26. Martha says:


  27. The other Matt says:

    Germany 26.09.2012: Priest died during wedding ceremony:

  28. amar says:

    i can solve many mystry.

  29. Jo says:

    Bad bridesmaids’ outfits?

    • Zoe Butler says:

      Jo, no, it’s not ‘bad bridesmaids’ outfits. Neither is it photoshopped and they are not ghosts or monsters either.

      There is really no mystery about this, it was an exhibition that was taking place in the building. The exhibition was, as I explained above, featuring the wonderful novel called,”The Confederacy of Dunces”. See

      Although Steven Walls deserves the credit for solving the mystery as he was the first to spot it.


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