Two by two, over seven hundred quirky creatures crowd this eye-twisting, brain-teasing painting by artist and author Mike Wilks. In his book The Ultimate Noah’s Ark, Wilks challenges sharp-eyed viewers to find “a vociferous insect and a bird with a loud voice,” “a mammal with a nose for luck,” “a talkative antipodean,” and a single creature “alone and without a mate.” Might the mateless, mystery creature be clad in a gray business suit and playing a musical instrument? The search begins…
Known for works of intense complexity, Wilks takes readers to an entertaining and informative carnival of discovery. He invested more than 6,500 hours in researching and creating The Ultimate Noah’s Ark, with zoological information verified by London’s Natural History Museum.
Thoughtfully conceived and engagingly intricate, our 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles combine superb color reproduction, stunning and unusual images, and sturdy construction to delight generations of novice and veteran puzzleworkers.
For decades now, Mike Wilks has been on a mission to focus—and keep—our attention on art. Wilks is perhaps best known for his 1986 book The Ultimate Alphabet, his intensely imaginative and frequently humorous perspective on each letter in the English language. It’s the sort of instant classic that nearly thirty years later sits dog-eared and revered on shelves across Britain and the United States, marked up by siblings and tattered from generations of use. One of the great puzzle books, it stood as a challenge to each reader upon its release: find the more than seven thousand items Wilks had hidden throughout twenty-six paintings.
1000-Piece Interlocking Jigsaw Puzzle. The Ultimate Noahs Ark, 19901992, by Mike Wilks (British, b. 1947) Eye-twisting, brain-teasing painting by artist and author Mike Wilks. size: 29 x 20 in. Box size: 10 x 13 x 1? in.