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LIFE: The Great Challenge   -   by Royce B. McClure
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  • THE FIRST QUADRIPLEGIC TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE
    (NOTE: ASSEMBLED SOLO AND MIXED ALL 24,000 PIECES BEFORE COMMENCING!)
  • FIRST IN ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, USA.
7 April 2009
Daniel Wright   -   St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
Assembled between August 2008 and 7 April 2009.

THE FIRST QUADRIPLEGIC TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE

7 August 08
Hi, it is my intention to be the first quadriplegic to complete the puzzle.
I have limited hand use and pick pieces up with a little saliva on the heel of my palm. I've done a 6000 piece puzzle this way. Can't wait to start!

30 January 09
Hi, I'm writing to let you know I'm slightly more than half finished. I have finished the entire length above the waterline. It's been 5 months so far. I'm 43 and live in St Petersburg, Florida, USA. I haven't lived my life defined by my spinal cord injury but not when it comes to this puzzle. Being a c5-6 quad/tetraplegic and not having the use of my fingers have slowed me by a factor of 10
... back to work.

1 Feburary 09
Thanks for your reply and words of encouragement. I felt that doing the puzzle in quarters was only doing four 6,000 piece puzzles, making the 8,000 piece one I did some years ago still the largest puzzle I ever did. However a 24,000 piecer is not 4 times harder than a 4,000 piecer but closer to 1,000 times .. but that's work for a mathematician.

I'm finished with everything above the waterline. Visually speaking I have the hardest part, the fish, coral, and lost city, left to do. Though it is only an 11,000 piece puzzle now!

When I finish it I hope to have it hung in the Tampa Veteran's Hospital. (I'm a veteran) I work on a 5 x 8 foot table, with an extra 5 x 4 foot section that I use for the rest. It involves a lot of gymnastics since I'm only able to reach about 2 feet from the edge. I think I may do a video explaining how I did it and put it on youtube.

I am enjoying it very much, thanks in part to the artwork, I'll save that for another time.
Back to work ...

7 April 09
I have finally finished .. which I have mixed emotions about because it was always enjoyable and never monotonous or endless. The design made it such; no vast areas of the same color. In the end I was left with around 250 pieces of a variety of solid blues from the sky to the butterfly background to the ocean and dolphins. 2 days later it was over. I only lost 8 pieces. I was hoping to stay under 100. Once pieces hit the ground they stayed until my nurse at night arrived, often as I was lifted out of my chair pieces would fall from the folds of my pants or they'd turn up under my cushion. I'm amazed only 8 were lost. Now I need to request replacements.

Daniel Wright

THE FIRST QUADRIPLEGIC TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE                     THE FIRST QUADRIPLEGIC TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE
My assistant... and my previously largest puzzle - 8000 pc. (Click images to enlarge)



UPDATE - November 2011: The puzzle is proudly displayed in the Shriner´s Hospital, Tampa Florida.

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