I’ve recently rediscovered a love of jigsaws.
When I was growing up we had a world map jigsaw that was stored in a big cardboard tube. Each continent was a different colour, and my family would divide them up between us – “I’ll be Europe, you be Asia!” – and leave the islands and oceans until the end. I recently did a jigsaw with another family, of Charley Harper’s Canyon Country, which bustles with life at the bottom but surrounds the central bird of prey with blue blue sky. It seems right that these areas of pure blue should be intimidating, as they are in real life.
The jigsaw in today’s Meditation, by lily belmira, seems like it could be tricky too, with its colour gradient of rolling green hills. Thankfully, the player has only to place the last six pieces (though I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s unrealistic to still have edge pieces left at this stage). Unfortunately, clicking on a piece to drag it over darkens it, which is presumably meant to reassure you that you’ve actually interacted with it but makes it more difficult to colour match.
Still, this Meditation doesn’t take long to play, and it quite clearly captures a particular moment – on a train perhaps, given the motion of the camera and the sounds in the background – with friends. Unsurprisingly, it makes me want to get out a jigsaw myself. Maybe this weekend.