My cultural epiphany

This week I went with my friend Sally to the magnificent Jackson Pollock exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. I was very moved by his work. I was also struck by how, the moment we exited the exhibit, we were assaulted by an overwhelming array of "marketing tie-ins", including posters, postcards, books with paintings inside, blank books with just part of a painting outside, and even a CD of Jackson Pollock's favorite Jazz tunes to listen to while he painted.

Then I had an epiphany. They had thought of art books, note books, music, posters, postcards. Yet what would be the most obvious and appropriate marketing tie-in of all to honor this puzzling artist whose work was (to quote the MOMA exhibit) ``a seductive labyrinth [of] pitfalls, surprises and delights?''

Yep, you guessed it. This morning, inspired, I implemented the Jackson Pollock 4x4 Puzzle as a Java applet (click here to see the source code). My dream is to implement the 5000 piece Jackson Pollock Jigsaw Puzzle.

- Ken Perlin, 1998

PS: The image is from Pollock's Shimmering Substance (1946, Oil on canvas, 84 1/4 x 58 in; The Museum of Modern Art, New York).

PPS: How will you know when you've solved it? Don't worry, you'll know...

Instructions: Click on any square that is immediately left, right, above or below the gray square. The square you click on will jump to the gray spot.

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