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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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Xavier Ponsoda i Martí - Alcoi, Spain

December, 2012  -  July, 2013

This puzzle arrived to my hands because a colleague of a Spanish forum of jigsaw puzzle fans http://www.puzzlesypiezas.es/ asked for help to finish what he had started but couldn't finish.

He had completed one of the eight bags of the puzzle and started another, so I have not really assembled all the puzzle alone. However the first bag needed a lot of extra work to properly fit the white pieces correctly.

I worked on it during week-ends and I needed 29 week-ends in total. It may help others who accept this puzzle challenge to know that I needed: 38:35 hours for bag 2;  40:38 for bag 3;  35:49 for bag 4;  49:41 for bag 5;  44:16 for bag 6;  42:12 for bag 7;  36:30 for bag 8;   Approximately 41 hours each bag.

The difficulty of this puzzle comes from its high number of similar pieces from of a small palette of basic colours. There are very few details in the pieces that can help to guess where they should be placed..

I suppose that everyone who has tackled this puzzle will have experienced very challenging moments when assembling the white pieces; especially those that are used to join each of the 32 frames with their adjacent one (at right and at left side). It is a pity that such as great puzzle presents this frustrating problem.

When I finished the puzzle, after assembling completely on the floor to take the picture of the whole thing, I packed it in the box and returned it to the owner, who received it in good condition and I hope he can put on the wall and enjoy it for a long time.

Xavier Ponsoda i Martí - Alcoi, Spain

This is not my first experience with very big jigsaw puzzles. You can view my previous attempts below:

24000 - Educa - Life (2008) Individual assembling (text report)

24000 - Educa - Life (2008) Collective assembling (video of time lapse pictures)

32000 - Ravensburger- Double Retrospective (2010) Collective assembling:
  -   Accelerated video, first part
  -   Accelerated video, second part
  -   Video of time lapse pictures

And finally, the last attempt:

32000 - Ravensburger - Double Retrospective (2013) Individual assembling:
  -   Weekly reports and comments, in Spanish
  -   Accelerated video of assembling bag 3
  -   Video of the final assembling of the whole and packing in the box

See you in the next great jisaw puzzle challenge!!!!!!!!!!

- Xavier



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