Almost 100 people from London’s White City community turned out to help piece together a record breaking Ravensburger jigsaw puzzle.
The event, which took place on Friday 23rd February, was organised by local residents Kevin Nathanial and Adriaan Van Zyl, in collaboration with Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Resident Involvement Team, and hosted at The Invention Rooms at London’s Imperial College new White City Campus.
With a little bit of patience and some careful planning, local residents worked together over the course of the evening on two of the puzzle’s panels.
Kevin Nathaniel acquired the world’s largest commercial puzzle from Ravensburger, which has been officially recognised by The Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest commercially produced puzzle, with 40,320 pieces. Approximately 600 hours are needed to assemble the masterpiece.
Co-organiser and local resident Adriaan Van Zyl commented: “We owe a great deal of thanks to Ravensburger for donating the world’s biggest puzzle and Imperial for hosting this event. Through our pilot schemes at Browning and Lancaster Court, and this evening’s event at The Invention Rooms, the puzzle project has proven to be an important activity which brings our community together”.
Benn Bramwell, marketing manager, Ravensburger UK, commented: “We were approached by Kevin and Adriaan with a community project idea, and from the outset we wanted to provide support and be involved. It has been great to witness it come to fruition. It’s really nice to see local residents of all ages come together in an attempt to complete this huge jigsaw puzzle, providing this community with a fun and creative activity.”
With two panels now complete, and two more being worked upon, the puzzle is close to the half-way stage. Potential community groups to work on the remaining panels are now being sought.