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Keith Haring: Double Retrospect - 32000


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 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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