Tourists decipher puzzling portrait

ARTISTIC MYSTERY: The face of Sir Robert Helpmann watches over the Blue Lake city, puzzling summer tourists as to who the man in the portrait could be.

WITH squinted eyes and tilted heads, puzzled tourists are struggling to identify the mysterious pixelated face watching over the Blue Lake city.

The fresh artwork featured on the city’s theatre fly tower highlights Mount Gambier’s renowned theatrical chameleon Sir Robert Helpmann.

The $1.3m refurbishment, a joint project between Mount Gambier City Council and Country Arts SA, has seen zinc panels installed on a steel and plywood frame to cover the building’s deteriorating tiles.

The bold mosaic makeover was designed by Stephen Herbert of Chapman Herbert Architects and has forced many summer visitors to use their imagination and guess who the portrait depicts.

The Border Watch hit the streets to quiz a number of


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