Pacita's First Puzzle: 'I thought the streets were paved with gold': by Art & Fable Puzzle Company

28 May 2021 

The puzzle is available for purchase from the Art & Fable Puzzle Company


At Ellis Island Pacita Abad read a saying by an Italian immigrant that resonated with her,“I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, I found out three things: first, the streets weren’t paved with gold; second, they weren’t paved at all; and third, I was expected to pave them.” 


Perhaps more than any other artist featured in our growing collection, the work of Pacita Abad encapsulates the fighting spirit of US immigrant populations. Her empathic representation is striking for its thematic juxtaposition of universal, systemic struggle with triumphant hope and immutable vibrancy in the face of insurmountable odds. 


1,000 pieces - dimensions: 48 x 68  centimeters  (18.9 x 26.7 inches). 


Donations from the sale of this puzzle will go to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). MSF assists populations in distress due to natural or man-made disasters or armed conflict. They do so irrespective of gender, race, religion, creed, or political convictions.