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Largest Puzzle - Keith Haring - Double Retrospect - 32000 Pieces - THE WORLD'S LARGEST JIGSAW PUZZLE by Ravensburger
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Keith Haring: Double Retrospect - 32000

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David Genys   -   Ajax, Ontario, Canada

March 12, 2012  -  July 27, 2013

Hello! My name is David Genys. I live in Ajax (just east of Toronto), Ontario, Canada, and as far as I know, I am the first to complete this puzzle in Ajax (perhaps in the province of Ontario!)

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I purchased Ravensburger's "Double Retrospect" by Keith Haring in January 2012. I began the puzzle on March the 12th, 2012 just after my daughter's 5th birthday by sorting bag 'B' first, followed by bags D, A, C, and then E,F, G & H. This puzzle was truly a challenge in sorting: just one bag alone presented a minimum of 26 colour combinations! Some of the colours - yellow, red, green and orange - had slight shading variations, which posed an extra challenge. I would have liked to mix all the bags together but my space was very limited. I would open a bag and begin sorting once I was half way through putting together the previous bag.

My daughter helped on a few occassions, putting together pieces here and there but especially the last few 10-15 pieces of several sections. The very last two pieces, both my wife and daughter put together :) The puzzle was completed on July 27, 2013, roughly 360 hours over that time period. Because of the numerous photos taken (about 3,400!) and the time it will require to make a time lapse video, this will be done a little later. I need a break :)

I have been doing puzzle since my earliest childhood years and never did imagine doing a puzzle of 32,000+ pieces. I have completed several 5,000 piece puzzles, a 9,000, and an 18,000. My next hope is to complete another 18,000 (Ravenburger's 4 Old World maps) and then tackle "Life" the 24,000 piece puzzle by Educa. Again, I think I will take pictures of the progress of these puzzles too! :)

This truly was a challenge And the size? I measured it to 17' 10" by 6' 4.25" (5.43m X 1.94m). The other good news is that I may have an opportunity to display this puzzle to the public at a local shopping mall. I'll keep you informed of that event too!

My final advice: have lots of space, patience and have your friends help out. It will make for a good and fun time!

  Sincerely,
  David Genys  -   Ajax, Ontario, Canada



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