LIFE: The Great Challenge - by Royce B. McClure
May 14, 2008
- FIRST TO COMPLETE IN DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TEXAS, USA.
Brad Stoller - Colleyville, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Assembled between December 2nd 2007 and May 14th 2008 - taking
approximately 126 hours.
My name is Brad Stoller and I live in Colleyville, TX, which is
in-between Dallas and Fort Worth.
I have been an avid puzzle
lover my entire life, getting the "bug" from my dad.
do 1000 piece puzzles and larger, if I can find them. It
actually took us 6 months to get our hands on this one. My wife
ordered it through Bits and Pieces for my birthday last June, but
it never came. To make a long story short, I finally got my
birthday present in late November. I absolutely loved this
puzzle! Most large puzzles are dark with greens and browns (not
my favorite colors to work on), but this puzzle is so colorful
that it makes it even more enjoyable to put together. My 9 yr.
old daughter did the border on the last section, but other than
that, I was pretty much on my own. Roughly it took 4 months to
complete, with some breaks in between each section: Part 1 from
Dec. 2 to Jan.10 (missing a week during Christmas), Part 2 from
Jan. 19 to Feb. 22, Part 3 from Mar. 11 to Apr. 5, and Part 4
from Apr. 18 to May 14. I didn't time myself, but my wife
estimated that I worked on the puzzle on average about an hour
per night, which would add up to approximately 126 total hours.
Our house doesn't really have a good place to display it, so I am
thinking about donating it to a school, charity or hospital. The
finished puzzle is quite a work of art. I'm definitely looking
forward to the next one - hopefully around 32,000 pieces.
Thanks for a great website to showcase everyone's
- Brad Stoller.
Update February 2009
We decided to donate the puzzle to our daughter's elementary school, and it is now
proudly hanging in their cafeteria. Surprisingly, it made the local news - 2 TV
news channels, 2 newspapers (including the front page of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
(see below) and a morning radio show. A portion of the local news video
also managed to make it onto national TV news. Here is a link to the video. The kids at the
school liked the publicity and love having the puzzle in their school!
Thanks again for such wonderful artwork and a great website!
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