Pine Islanders had the unique opportunity to examine a famous lady - "Mona Lisa" - up close last week.
A champagne reception was held for the "artist" Sandy Sacco, who "put together" the famous Mona Lisa photomosaic puzzle. It consisted of 1,000 pieces, which were interwoven tiny photos and when viewed from a distance created the Mona Lisa.
This puzzle was started in the summer residence of Don and Marilyn Polen in North Carolina. After working diligently for six hours and placing only two pieces, they knew it was time to bring in the expert: Pine Island's "Puzzle Queen" Sandy Sacco.
Don and Marilyn Polen with “Puzzle Queen” Sandy Sacco.
The puzzle was shipped to Massachusetts where Sacco was staying this summer, then hand carried to Cape Cod where Sandy and her daughter worked many long hours; with Terry choosing to leave the puzzle to her mom to finish. And finish she did! She was down to the last three pieces when none of them fit! After rearranging many pieces ... eureka! The puzzle was finished, shipped to North Carolina then RV'd back down to Lemon Street in St. James City where it will permanently reside.
It will be available for viewing from time to time in the St. James City Civic Center.