Assemble puzzles of famous Sydney paintings online

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who wonder and those who don’t know why the other is so happily volunteering to undertake mundane, unpaid work. If you fall firmly into the first category and are looking for a confusing new solution, then we have a treat for you.

The State Library of New South Wales has launched a series of virtual puzzles inspired by its collections. Gazing at Sydney Harbor may seem like a distant memory, but you can bring it back by taking on the puzzle version of Arthur Streeton’s panoramic view of the harbor and our city’s skyline in all its glory. Streeton’s painting was “surprisingly innovative” for Sydney’s art scene in the 1890s – with sweeping brushstrokes and his inspired use of color, the complete painting (and puzzle) centers the Royal Botanic Garden, featuring Cremorne Point to its left and the familiar curve of Circular Quay to the right.

Alternatively, take a look at this painting of the sweetly named Fairy Bower, a small cove along the Manly coast between South Steyne and Shelly Beach. Alan Grieve, the artist, lived on the northern beaches, and his work is an ode to the beauty of the nearby beaches and the Australian landscape in general.


Fairy Bower, Manly, 1956 / Alan Grieve. Courtesy of the State Library of NSW Photo: provided


There’s also plenty more to choose from, from ‘Picnic at Mrs. Macquaries’ Chair’, by an unknown artist, to Wendy Sharpe’s depiction of the Mitchell Library. Plus, you can choose the number of pieces for each puzzle depending on the level of difficulty you’re looking for. Visit the State Library of NSW website to take your pick, and learn a bit more about some famous Australian artists while you’re there.

Now, have you seen these beautiful (real-life) puzzles of Sydney’s famous beaches?

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