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Close up of The Melbourne Map jigsaw puzzle
Photograph: Melinda Clarke / The Melbourne Map

You can do a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of a hand-drawn map of Melbourne

The illustration took years to produce...hopefully the puzzle doesn't take you as long!

Nicola Dowse
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Nicola Dowse

We love Melbourne: we love its towering skyscrapers, its cobbled laneways and its thriving arts and food scene. If you love Melbourne as much as us, what better way to show that love than by completing a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of the city?

The Melbourne Map is an art print that took over four years and more than 8,000 hours of research, design and illustration to put together. That hand-drawn map has now been turned into a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle that lets you experience life once again on Melbourne’s streets, albeit vicariously. 

a handdrawn map of Melbourne turned into a jigsaw puzzle
Photograph: Supplied

The puzzle (and the map it’s based on) feature a tremendous amount of detail. There are lots of recognisable landmarks like the MCG and Eureka Tower to spot, plus if you live in Melbourne’s inner suburbs you may be able to pinpoint where you live. The puzzle even comes with a list of things to spot on the back of the box.

The map the puzzle depicts is the work of founder and producer Melinda Clarke, who worked with three illustrators (Lewis Brownlie, Deborah Young and Sean Rodwell) to create the intricate artwork. Puzzles are also made from recycled board and using environmentally friendly ink by a New Zealand family that's been making puzzles for 80 years.

You can purchase the Melbourne Map jigsaw puzzle online.

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