This Might Be the Coolest Puzzle Ever

Courtesy of Clemens Habicht/The Jacky Winter Group
Courtesy of Clemens Habicht/The Jacky Winter Group / Courtesy of Clemens Habicht/The Jacky Winter Group

German artist Clemens Habicht broke the puzzle mold with his latest creation: Rather than your ordinary landscape or tableau, this 1000-piece jigsaw connects to create a complete CMYK color gamut. Each of the pieces is a slightly different hue, so as you build the puzzle you create a vibrant spectrum.

On the website for 1000 COLOURS, Habicht says, “The idea came from enjoying the subtle differences in the blue of a sky in a particularly brutal jigsaw puzzle, I found that without the presence of image detail to help locate a piece I was relying only on an intuitive sense of color, and this was much more satisfying to do than the areas with image details.” 

“What is strange is that unlike ordinary puzzles where you are in effect redrawing a specific picture from a reference you have a sense of where every piece belongs compared to every other piece,” he continues. “There is a real logic in the doing that is weirdly soothing, therapeutic, it must be the German coming out in me. As each piece clicks perfectly into place, just so, it's a little win, like a little pat on the back."

1000 Colours Timelapse - Long from Jacky Winter on Vimeo.

Unfortunately, the first run of the puzzle (co-produced with Lamington Drive Editions) is completely sold out—so you won’t be able to get it in time for Christmas. But the second edition is available for pre-order now, with puzzles expected to arrive by January 30.