Circulation Supervisor Cándida Miniño recommends building a jigsaw puzzle.
My daughter and I checked out “The Skating Party” wooden jigsaw puzzle by the artist Angie Rees. The art is a beautiful scene of penguins dressed up in sweaters ice skating on a frozen blue pond. It is a 502-piece puzzle. At the time we did not think anything of the unusual number, only excitement at the prospect of finishing the cute puzzle in one afternoon.
As it turns out, the puzzle contains whimsical pieces, the kind of pieces that have a distinct shape, like a snowflake or a bird; and groups of pieces that make other shapes inside the puzzle.
I had seen these kinds of pieces before in children’s puzzles, however they usually come with a cheat sheet that shows where the pieces go. This puzzle did not show the outline of pieces in the picture. We could not use the shape of a piece to find out where said piece could go.
We had to guide ourselves by the colors; and let me tell you there was a lot of blue…
It took us three days of dedicated work to finish the puzzle. We took a picture of the completed work, laminated it, and placed it inside the wooden box with sliding cover that houses the puzzle, so if you want to have an easier time you can use it as a guide. If you are up for a bigger challenge, just use the art on the box.
We felt very accomplished at the end of our work.
You can find this and other puzzles by the music station outside the Lecture Hall.