I’m not opposed to the occasional jigsaw or even three dimensional puzzle. I like mind games, and seeing how all the tiny pieces of something fit together is, in and of itself, interesting. Ravensburger (a major puzzle brand name) is a name well-known to me. I even like the puzzles with 1000+ pieces, which are often quite time consuming. However, I don’t necessarily think a bigger puzzle is better.
Ravensbuger evidently does. In order to celebrate their 125th anniversary of operation in that town, they’ve created the biggest puzzle in the world in the town square. The puzzle is 1,141,800 pieces big and nearly covers the square, and was created in five hours from an assemblage of smaller (252-piece) pre-assembled puzzles. About 15,000 people contributed and participated. Great publicity stunt, and probably a fun thing to participate in. Still, I wish there was more.
Why did the thing have to be made out of smaller puzzles? What’s wrong with a town square-sized giant puzzle with one pattern? Sure, it would take considerably longer to assemble, but so what? Think of what an awesome public park installation that would be – giant puzzle. Hey, you may have to carry this tiny piece over a yard-square area to find where it fits, but so what? Think of it as both mind and body exercise.
Now I just have to figure out logistically how to make this thing and where to put it…