Ceci n'est pas un metameta
Answer: PIPE DREAM TEAM
Farid Khuri-Makdisi, Kasper Menezes, Kevin Zhou (Kaz), Kiera O'Flynn, Liam Thomas, Robert Trosten

Answers for this puzzle:


The entire puzzle is a reference to The Treachery of Images, which is a painting of a pipe. We note how our meta answers relate to PIPE:

Each object in a painting can be transformed in one of the three above ways to become a different object. Overall, three cycles are formed. The number of objects in the painting acts as an index; we index into the next object in each cycle. Read off letters starting with the paintings marked with green flags to get PIPE DREAM TEAM!

Transformation 1 (an object being a part of another object)

First paintingObject in first paintingTransformed objectNext paintingIndexLetter
The beautiful relationsBall pitBellThe voice of space12P
The voice of spaceOrchestraCelloA little of the bandit's soul3I
A little of the bandit's soulChessboardChess pieceFashionable people12P
Fashionable peopleGroup of balloonsBalloonThe beautiful relations3E

Transformation 2 (Put a word in front)

First paintingObject in first paintingTransformed objectNext paintingIndexLetter
HomesicknessButterFingerForbidden literature6D
Forbidden literatureSwordFishThe presence of spirit5R
The presence of spiritCrabAppleThe son of man3E
The son of manBedRockClear ideas4A
Clear ideasMedalLionHomesickness3M

Transformation 3 (Change one letter)

First paintingObject in first paintingTransformed objectNext paintingIndexLetter
Man in a bowler hatMaceFaceThe pilgrim1T
The pilgrimHandleCandlePhilosopher's lamp10E
Philosopher's lampBrainTrainTime transfixed7A
Time transfixedBardBirdMan in a bowler hat1M

Here is an annotated version of the full picture from the original puzzle: