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Bismuth Crystal Puzzle – generative wooden jigsaw puzzle by Nervous System
The Bismuth Crystal Puzzle is a one-of-a-kind jigsaw puzzle inspired by the remarkable geometric patterns found in bismuth crystals. Each puzzle is uniquely generated through a computer simulation, mirroring the natural variations in shape and design. Pick a color way and you will receive a one-of-a-kind design made just for you (we show three puzzles to give a sense of the variations possible).
The puzzle artwork is inspired by the distinctive structures created by bismuth’s “hopper growth.” Imagine a set of miniature, interconnected staircases or terraces, each stacked upon the other, creating a surreal, layered landscape. The images are grown in a simulation we created inspired by bismuth and are available in five vibrant color schemes.
Puzzle Cut style – Matrix
These puzzles have a geometric cut mirroring the puzzle’s crystalline nature. Become enmeshed in the matrix cut! The puzzle pieces explore a nonuniform grid, revealing an intriguing network.
each puzzle is about 9 x 9 inches
contains about 157 pieces
4mm maple plywood with digitally painted artwork
made with math, science, + lasers
Since 2011, Nervous System has been crafting plywood puzzles that combine the artistry of classic jigsaws with the possibilities of new technology. We use custom software inspired by natural patterns to grow the intertwining shapes of the puzzle pieces. The organic forms are cut from plywood by a laser, resulting in a uniquely challenging puzzle crafted from premium materials. Each puzzle is made by us at our solar-powered studio in the Catskill Mountains.