Ever wondered what the biggest puzzle ever would look like framed on a wall? Well, we’ve come close – we now have the second largest jigsaw in the world on display at Puzzle Warehouse.
At 24,000 pieces and over 14 feet long, LIFE: The Great Challenge by Educa is one of the most detailed puzzles you will ever see.
See the FINISHED puzzle at our main store in St. Louis, MO – open 7 days per week. The puzzle was completed by several customers and is now on display down our longest isle – at over 14 feet long!
The 24,000 piece monster was designed by Royce B. McClure. Called “LIFE: The Great Challenge,” this puzzle is full of variety, color, activity, beauty, drama and above all – Life! A lot of the intricate detail won’t be seen until the pieces are put together, rewarding the puzzlers with surprises as they work to complete the challenge. How does one go about designing this type of masterpiece?
When I was asked to design the artwork that would be used for the world’s largest commercially made jigsaw puzzle, I sat down and had a good long think about it. Not whether or not I would do it (of course I would accept the challenge) but how to come up with a design that would do the concept justice…Challenging, but not impossible, lots of detail but still making a satisfying overall picture when completed.” – Royce B. McClure
[EXCITING NEWS] We have also donated this fabulous puzzle to the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. They will be using the puzzle is a hands-on exhibit starting March 29, 2013 where museum visitors can help put together the puzzle and also play a find-it game with life size posters of the puzzle. See more about the event here.
Jigsaw puzzles are always challenging. And even if some are more challenging than others, assembling a jigsaw puzzle has never been an easy task. For those who like big challenges and don’t easily give up, puzzle makers are constantly trying to make it harder, by creating larger and more difficult puzzles. A couple of months ago, the biggest jigsaw puzzle you could find on the market was Life, the Greatest Puzzle, a 24,000-piece marvel.
Educa, the Spanish manufacturer behind this huge puzzle, asked Royce B. McClure to design it. The artist combined images from some of his previous paintings in order to make the puzzle challenging and attractive, and the result took thousands of hours of work. Once you complete it, you can use it to decorate any wall in the house due to its amazing 428 x 157 cm breadth.
Today, Life doesn’t look so big anymore. And that’s because Ravensburger created something bigger than Life: a 32,256 pieces jigsaw puzzle, part of the special series called Keith Harring. The Double Retrospect weighs 57,056 pounds and measures an impressive 544 x 192 cm. Since September 2010, it is the official record holder.
But if you look at the image, you have to appreciate Life more than Double Retrospect. The details on the image look great even on the full scale jigsaw puzzle, not only on the box, and the assembling is a lot more challenging due to the richness of the image and the intricacy of the details. While Double Retrospect looks good enough and is the new biggest jigsaw puzzle, it is an assembly of 32 smaller images, like a filmstrip, rather than one large continuous image.