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Some Mashup Jigsaw Puzzles

A jigsaw puzzle manufacturer typically uses the same die-cut pattern for many different puzzles. This makes the pieces interchangeable, so I sometimes find that I can combine portions from two or more puzzles to make a surreal “puzzle montage” that the manufacturer never imagined. I take great pleasure in discovering such strange images lying shattered, sometimes for decades, within the cardboard boxes of ordinary mass-produced puzzles.

These artworks are float-mounted and ready to hang on your wall. (See the bottom of this page for details.) Please pay attention to the dimensions shown under each work. They all appear about the same size here, but in reality some are much larger than others.

Recent media attention has been flattering, but intense! I’ve now sold out of every artwork that I had available, sorry. But there are plenty more to come, perhaps including more instances of the ones shown here, if I can find more copies of the source puzzles. If you want to know about newly available montages, please join my mailing list (see below). Meanwhile, I’m looking into publishing a book or calendar. And as an enthusiastic public speaker, I’m available to give a fun 20-to-60-minute talk and slideshow about my adventures with the obscure art of puzzle montage. Contact me at artist@puzzlemontage.com. Thank you for your interest!

 

All images © copyright Tim Klein. Please contact me for permission to use them. (artist@puzzlemontage.com)

  • Iron Horse

    Iron Horse

    Sold out for now, but please contact me to be notified if I’m able to find more copies of the source puzzles and make another instance. (artist@puzzlemontage.com)

    Dimensions
    11″ x 9″ (WxH)
  • King of the Road

    King of the Road

    Constructed from two puzzles published in the 1970s.

    Since the French word for truck is camion, this montage’s title en français is Toutancamion.

    Sold out for now, but please contact me to be notified if I’m able to find more copies of the source puzzles and make another instance. (artist@puzzlemontage.com)

    Dimensions
    18″ x 24″ (WxH)
  • The Mercy-Go-Round (Sunshine and Shadow)

    The Mercy-Go-Round (Sunshine and Shadow)

    I made this montage by combining a puzzle showing a church with a puzzle showing a carnival ride. I’ve been a bit surprised at the wide range of reactions it gets. Some people find it humorous, others find it affirming or joyful, and others see it as blasphemous or insulting.

    Sold out for now, but please contact me to be notified if I’m able to find more copies of the source puzzles and make another instance. (artist@puzzlemontage.com)

    Dimensions
    18″ x 11″ (WxH)
  • Waterfall Grille

    Waterfall Grille

    Made from two small panoramic puzzles.

    Sold out for now, but please contact me to be notified if I’m able to find more copies of the source puzzles and make another instance. (artist@puzzlemontage.com)

    Dimensions
    6″ x 18″ (WxH)
  • Surrogate

    Surrogate

    Made from the pieces of two small “greeting card” puzzles from the 1980s.

    Sold out for now, but please contact me to be notified if I’m able to find more copies of the source puzzles and make another instance. (artist@puzzlemontage.com)

    Dimensions
    7″ x 10″ (WxH)
  • Mountain Plantation

    Mountain Plantation

    This was the first puzzle montage I ever created that I thought was worth keeping. I used pieces from two puzzles that were probably published in the 1980s. One puzzle showed the mansion at Orton Plantation, located in my boyhood hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina. The other puzzle showed Mt. Jefferson, near my current home in the Pacific Northwest.

    I’m keeping this one, but please contact me to be notified if I’m able to find more copies of the source puzzles and make another instance to offer for sale. (artist@puzzlemontage.com)

 


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