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Posted September 29, 2013
I bought this "We Are the World" Panoramic Puzzle by Fazzino in a B&N store for my nieces and nephew. When I got home and looked closer at the artwork, I was dismayed by what I saw and decided to return it. It would have been irresponsible of me to give this puzzle to my nieces and nephew and perpetuate ignorant, racist ideas about Middle Eastern countries and culture. Most of the World in this puzzle is depicted in great detail, but a lot of the Middle East is shown as culturally empty and colored in Israeli blue. Fazzini could have drawn Petra (Jordan), the Ziggurat of Ur (Iraq), horses (used to play Buzkashi in Afghanistan) or something besides the blue flowing from Israel.
The Mid-East countries would have been better in yellow and green, like Africa and Mexico. This puzzle sends the wrong message and I'm not buying it.
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Posted November 3, 2014
Posted July 22, 2014
I'm a big fan of Fazzino's work, but because I cannot afford his artwork, his puzzles are the next best thing. I have done several of them. Like all art, this puzzle is the artist's perception--his representation of the world.
I only decided to leave feedback after I read one of the other reviews below giving the puzzle one star solely because of its representation of the Middle East. The puzzle is a work of art, which is subjective, and for this person to criticize and give the puzzle because it doesn't match with his perception of the world is silly. Art is just that--perceptual. If you don't like how he represented the Middle East, don't buy the puzzle. If realism is what you want, don't buy an artists representation.
Posted April 29, 2013
Fantastic puzzle to work on. All of Fazzino's puzzles are challenging and true works of art. The key to his puzzles are watch the colors he uses, this is where you see the artist emerge in the work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.