A jigsaw-like piece of art made up of 120 tiles each decorated by a different artist is to go on display in The Gallery at Willesden Green.
Each of the 60 contributors from Japan - where the concept originated - and 60 from the UK, Sweden, Mexico, Hungary and other countries will have painted their little pieces unaware of what any of the others participants' efforts look like.
Brent residents had the opportunity to make their own small composition at a workshop held on Saturday and together the individual tiles form Puzzle Project - a large, wall-mounted patchwork of colour funded by Awards for All, Brent Council and Brent Artists Resource.
Gallery co-ordinator Lorenzo Belenguer says of the work curated by Beatriz Hernandez: "The project by nature is meant to reflect the way in which people converge and interact in urban centres, where boundaries between strangers and friends blur and we build a new city and our own personal narratives.
"The project explores and experiments with the interplay of image and text. Each of the artists articulates a word, which they associate to the project or to their own individual work.
"The pieces show connections and disconnections whilst simultaneously continuing to belong to one single puzzle piece.
"Like puzzle pieces, people acquire and change colour and pattern over the course of their lives, sometimes gradually drifting apart, and sometimes forgetting that deep inside we are truly fractions of a whole.
"We become akin to pieces of a puzzle scattered over a table - simultaneously diverse and also the same, yet so hard to put together."
The Puzzle Project exhibition opens with a preview party on Thursday October 23 from 6pm to 9pm featuring a poetry performance by Ronnie McGrath, a dance by Stanley Hamilton and a song sung by acclaimed Japanese soprano Yoko Matsuzuka.
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