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Artifact Puzzles - Erin Hanson Crystal Grove Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

Artifact Puzzles - Erin Hanson Crystal Grove Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

$ 75.00

This is a 357 piece puzzle of Erin Hanson's painting, "Crystal Grove". With split tendril connectors and similar colors sweeping across much of the image, this puzzle is one of the most difficult we make. The puzzle is designed by Tara Flannery and Jef Bambas, inspired by a tessellation by Mark Dow. Its pattern and whimsies pair well with Erin Hanson's Open Impressionism art style and emphasis on movement in the landscape. If you are looking for a gorgeous and challenging puzzle, this one is for you.

Like all our puzzles, laser-cut from 1/4" thick wood. Packaged in our standard pine wood box. Made in USA (specifically, in Menlo Park, just south of San Francisco).

10" by 16"

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Name: Tim Flint
Review: This puzzle is more than challenging. I took about 13 wonderful hours to finish it and I do a 1000 piece Hometown Collection puzzle in 6 to 7 hours. As usual the pieces fit precisely and smoothly but there were a number that would fit in multiple places so you had to examine the picture carefully as well as the fit. The lack of an easily defined outside edge made me finish from the inside out which was a first for me in all my years of doing puzzles. Looking forward to pulling it out in a year and doing it again.
Name: Karen
Review: This was the most difficult puzzle I've ever put together. But, I absolutely LOVED it. The colors are so vibrant they will make you dizzy with delight!
Name: Deb
Review: My sister and I spend much of Thanksgiving and/or Christmas putting together Artifact puzzles. This is by far the most challenging one we have found! We loved every minute of the process. I especially liked the fact that SOME of the pieces could "fit" into more than one place. They fit visually, but not as smoothly physically. When you find the right piece for the right place, it will drop in without effort. Great job Artifact!!!!!
Name: Thomas P. in Durban
Review: I love hard puzzles and the satisfying heft of wood puzzles, but I usually do wentworth ones. I'm in South Africa so it's hard to get these. But based on the reviews, I got a friend going to New York to get me one of these. Entirely lived up to the good reviews: the pieces are fascinating and it's hard to believe they will connect until they do and then they connect surprisingly well, and the colors are bright but so varied that the puzzle is hard without feeling tedious like those sad puzzles where the image is all golf balls or some rot.
Name: Ingrid Daubechies
Review: Of all the puzzles I have ever made, this one probably is the hardest but also the most satisfying. It took me a total of 13 hours over 2 days (which is not the longest a puzzle has ever taken me -- before discovering these beautiful wooden puzzles, I would typically make more conventional "jig-saw" puzzles of many thousands of standard cardboard pieces, consuming many more hours). In this puzzle, the pieces lock together in a way that was new to me -- the hooks at their corners whirl together, four at a time, in a vortex that anchors them all solidly once all 4 are in place; the edges of the completed puzzle are scalloped, so that edge pieces are not a priori distinguishable from the interior pieces. The jewel colors of the painting by Erin Hanson fit together perfectly in this stained-glass-like picture, but vary so quickly to make it impossible in almost all cases to find the next adjacent piece just by looking for continuing color fields. Most pieces I placed by studying first the piece and then looking for the exact location and orientation for the piece in the picture on the box -- a study that made me understand better the physicality of the painting (shadows of paint ridges on brushstrokes with slight impasto), and made me appreciate some of the painterly composition (strokes in the grass and in the sky point, on average, to vanishing points on the horizon). After completing the puzzle, I now feel exhilarated, not only because I managed to complete it (despite my initial fears), but also because it unexpectedly has taught me something new -- always a wonderful experience.

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