Bossier City woman looking to re-home 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzle
Elizabeth Curran loves a challenge.
She began putting jigsaw puzzles together as a child in Michigan.
“I got one for Christmas one year. It was an evening street in Paris,” she recalled. “I don’t know how many times I put that puzzle together. It was a simple one…maybe 150 pieces.”
As she grew older, Curran always found time for puzzles.
“I like the challenge,” she said. “Anything that doesn’t have a challenge is boring. I like to see how fast I can put them together.”
Curran, who spent 30 years working as a registered nurse and military wife, is retired and volunteers at the VA hospital. Her middle son, Randy, gave her a 5,000 piece Ravensburger puzzle for Mother’s Day last year.
Curran welcomed the challenge.
“Oh my goodness. I just couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I had never done one with that many pieces before.”
This particular jigsaw puzzle is of Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel ceiling and measures 60″ x 40″ when complete.
Almost immediately, she began assembling the puzzle on her dining room table. It took an hour just for Curran to sort the outside pieces, which is how she begins every puzzle.
She spent every spare moment of her day working on it.
“I probably walked around that table a thousand times,” she said.
Curran knew the puzzle wouldn’t be completed quickly. She devised a plan to tackle the job at hand.
“I put in at least one piece a day, but I would lose track of time and spend hours working on it,” she said. “I watch very little TV, but I’d much rather be doing this anyway.”
The day finally came when she completed the puzzle. It took her eight months to do it.
Now, she’s faced with a new challenge. Curran has no place in her home to display the puzzle.
She’s looking for the perfect place for this “artistic beauty” to be displayed and enjoyed by the public.
“I would love for someone to take it and show it off,” she said.
When asked if she would ever work on another puzzle this size, Curran said definitely….but not any time soon.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. I’d like for someone to take it and display it. That’s my goal.”