Gnarly Orb Puzzle

Brand: Fine Art Fractals

Title: Gnarly Orb puzzle

Artist: Adam Hoffman

Pieces: 500

Size: 20" x 28"

The Gnarly Orb puzzle is a new kind of artwork for me and I am very intrigued by this style. Fine Art Fractals, what is it  and how does it work? Read on for more interesting details.

Brand: Fine Art Fractals

Title: Gnarly Orb puzzle

Artist: Adam Hoffman

Pieces: 500

Size: 20" x 28"

Gnarly Orb Puzzle Review

Overall Experience:  Great

Cut Quality:    Perfect

Board Quality: Thick 

Shape Cut: Ribbon-grid

Image Quality: Great

Hardest Area: Top portion

Puzzle Dust? No

Finish Quality: Smooth shiney

Box Quality: Great

Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes

Was this purchased new? no

Price: Complimentary

Recommend Level: highly

Time: 4.5 hours

Gnarly Orb Puzzle Assembly: 

Art Fractals is a new line of artistic images for me. Artist Adam Hoffman joined the Jigsaw Puzzle Connections Facebook Group to share his new line of puzzles. The following is copied from his website to explain his artistic process correctly.

"What are fractals?

Fractals are found throughout nature; some examples include trees, river systems, and coastlines. A river system follows a natural fractal pattern if you follow it upstream. The main river splits into smaller rivers, and those split into even smaller rivers, and those split again even smaller and so on. Fractals are self-similar infinitely repeating patterns created using simple recursive math equations. Geometric fractals can be used to model natural fractals so it's possible to get some very organic looking results using only the fractal math."

The entire package is top of the line quality. The box is totally solid with 2 seals. The large size pieces are perfect size for easy handling with a great thickness and sealed inside a bag. Inside the box, you will see a very nice size poster which is bigger than the box itself. There is also a very nice sticker and an extra clean sealable clear bag to store the puzzle pieces for future use.

I did not do my usual sorting routine with this one as being 500 pieces and such a mixture of colors it was easier to layout all the pieces onto the foam board while pulling out the edge pieces.  Being a grid-like cut, I sorted the boarder pieces according to shape to assist with that assembly. It went together quite nicely.

Then I had to decide what my strategy would in where to start. So looking at the image I can see the center pieces look like the 'Gnarly Orb' or a stretch to the imagination one might refer to the resemblance of the earth. Then I could see the top half of the image has several swirly-wavey-like patterns in up-down direction and the bottom half was more defined by lines in the left-right direction. With the pieces laid out on the foam boards it was easier to pick out the difference in the pieces because, let's face it - going by colors alone was not an option on this image. So a bit of a different strategy and quite fun to assemble this one from top to bottom.

Gnarly Orb Puzzle Comments...

The following 4 images share some closeup images of the distinct patterns I referred to above. Also you can really see the brilliant colors and terrific quality of the pieces and cut!

Of course I can easily highly recommend this as a perfect puzzle experience from start to finish. I thought it might be challenging but I was delighted to see how it played out. I never expected that I would complete it from top to bottom and once the first 2 sections were completed, the bottom 1/3 section was like an addiction to a  super fun ending! Thanks very much Adam Hoffman for sharing your wonderful art images in a jigsaw puzzle format for us to enjoy and for me to have this opportunity to review.

The Fine Art Fractals images in jigsaw puzzle format...