Ocean Life is a first-of-its-kind, limited-edition wooden jigsaw puzzle created by Zen Puzzles. Counting 1489 pieces and 46 figurals, it is our largest puzzle. Its charming design elements, including false borders, and intricate layout make it a challenge for any puzzle enthusiast!
Where It Started
The idea for this puzzle was spurred on by wanting to create a puzzle that would be much larger than most currently offered in the wooden puzzle market. The larger the puzzle, the more difficult it is to produce, but we believed in our dedicated and skilled team and decided to go for it.
The Design Process
Just like all of our smaller size puzzles, this puzzle would encompass the traditional grid cut pattern we use interspersed with our wonderfully designed figurals. Wanting to make this puzzle design more of a “one of a kind” offering, we created it as a numbered limited edition of 250. By creating a handsome wooden box with the title and numbering etched into it by the laser this idea was really taking shape.
The image we chose is one of the first American illustrations of an underwater ecosystem. This stunning watercolor, entitled Ocean Life, was designed by James M. Somerville (1825-1899) and painted by Christian Schussle (1824-1879) for a scientific pamphlet in 1859. Having chosen the image, Shawn – our graphic designer began the layout pattern. By researching the subject matter and period of the image, he created a wonderful array of figurals to compliment this fine piece. The ocean life creatures and plant life-designed figurals were integrated into the traditional grid pattern to create a lovely overall design composition.
With the template layout complete, our production team worked out the best way to cut this large puzzle in the laser. Utilizing his many years of experience, Phil – our top laser operator was able to create a wonderful puzzle which celebrates the fine qualities of our signature birchwood and the unique design composition.
The Whole Package
Ocean Life comes in a custom pinewood box and includes a Zen Puzzles coffee mug, a birchwood magnet, a puzzle piece popper, stickers, and a poster. It measures 31” x 23” and the included poster will help as you put together this enormous puzzle.
Take home a piece of puzzle history with our Ocean Life limited edition puzzle and experience the hard work that makes this Zen Puzzle extra special.
Shop now and get yourself one of the 250 of this one-of-a-kind limited edition puzzle!