Tim Klein’s Puzzle Mashups

I’ve always thought puzzle makers use the same five or six shapes for their cut pieces. Apparently, I’m right. Artist Tim Klein made some amazingly cool puzzle mashups by taking two or more jigsaw puzzles and making something unique.

Jigsaw puzzle companies tend to use the same cut patterns for multiple puzzles. This makes the pieces interchangeable, and I sometimes find that I can combine portions from two or more puzzles to make a surreal picture that the publisher never imagined. I take great pleasure in discovering” such bizarre images lying latent, sometimes for decades, within the pieces of ordinary mass-produced puzzles.

As I shift the pieces back and forth, trying different combinations, I feel like an archaeologist unearthing a hidden artifact.

What a cool art project.

November 17, 2018


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