A long long time ago we went to a friends home for Thanksgiving dinner. While there we saw a sculpture of the man of the house that was exquisite. We enquired as to it's maker only to discover it was the grandson who produced it. I was impressed and as is my usual way, I thought about that sculpture for quite a while. You see, I had this idea of having a puzzle made of George and me since we got together. But how silly is that? The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea.
After discussing it with George and convincing him it would not only look good in the house, but would also be a good image of us as we were once upon a time, we decided to go for it. He designed the puzzle using bent wire and a string and gave it to his golfing buddy who in turn passed it on to the grandson. Later George made a 3d printed version of what we wanted done.
A few months later we met with the grandson (Jordan Simon) and discussed the possibility of having a sculpture made for us. We initially wanted someone to take photos for us, but our daughter said that was just too gross, and we couldn't think of anyone else close by who would do it. You see the artist was in Arizona somewhere and wasn't able to do it himself. We ended up using the timer on the iPhone and had a good laugh getting the photos that we needed.
Over the course of the next year we periodically recieved update photos and were amazed at how good this artist was. We could see ourselves coming to life in clay. the most amazing part for me was the wire articulated hands. He did this so he could slide the pieces in and out of each other without damaging them.
We wanted the puzzle sculpture to be in place for our anniversary but this was not meant to be. COVID really put a damper on things. We waited another full year, but finally The Lovers arrived in Boca Raton! This sculpture is a life-sized bronze. The only things that are different are the size of the feet for stability and the length of the fingers so they would intertwine.
They were delivered in two very large crates each weighing in at around 250 pounds.
We unboxed them almost immediately, but it took another day to rig up a scaffold so they could be placed.
This took a bit of effort, but was finally completed and The Lovers is now a permanent fixture in the Puzzle Palace. To quote Chris Ramsay, "This puzzle is One of a Kind. The Worlds Most Expensive Puzzle. The Worlds Heaviest Puzzle." Seriously, it is part of a 12,000 square foot house. You can't get much heavier than that.
They reside in the void overlooking the swimming pool. The puzzle is to remove the rope from The Lovers. This one is a rather simple disentanglement that can be reconfigured in a number of different ways. This is our favorite placement of the ropes.