How good are your eyes at seeing colors? Over the years, we’ve shared a number of online color matching games that help you test this. 1000 Colours is an offline game for the same thing: it’s a jigsaw puzzle consisting of 1000 pieces that cover the CMYK color gamut.
Each of the tiles is a single color, and your job is to find out where each color goes in relation to every other color.
The puzzle was designed by artist Clemens Habicht, who says,
The idea came from enjoying the subtle differences in the blue of a sky in a particularly brutal jigsaw puzzle, I found that without the presence of image detail to help locate a piece I was relying only on an intuitive sense of colour, and this was much more satisfying to do than the areas with image details.
What is strange is that unlike ordinary puzzles where you are in effect redrawing a specific picture from a reference you have a sense of where every piece belongs compared to every other piece. There is a real logic in the doing that is weirdly soothing, therapeutic, it must be the German coming out in me. As each piece clicks perfectly into place, just so, it’s a little win, like a little pat on the back.
You can pick up the puzzle from the Lamington Drive Gallery in Melbourne for $40 AUD within Australia and $70 AUD internationally.