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A confounding puzzle turned into art

Posted by Kevin Hartnett  March 5, 2013 01:00 PM

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There's an old adage: If life hands you a Rubik's Cube, go make art. Or at least it seems that way sometimes. Because people do make a lot of art out of Rubik's Cubes. The Spice Girl's frolicked around one in the music video to their 1998 single, "Viva Forever;" there's a giant Rubik's Cube statue on the University of Michigan campus; and the puzzle has inspired its own genre of art--Rubik's Cubism--in which cubes are combined to make pointilism-style images.

Which brings me to the mural unveiled in Macau, China, in December, which claimed the Guinness Book of Records title of "Largest Rubik’s Cube Mosaic Ever Created." The Canadian firm Cube Works used 85,794 Rubik's Cubes to create a 200-feet long, 13-feet high mural of Macau's skyline along the city's waterfront. Macau's other claim to fame is as an international gambling destination, and one can imagine this mosaic providing a degree of ironic comfort to poor souls who wander there, broke, from the casinos: The world is a really strange place, so why worry so much about losing money.

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Images courtesy of Cube Works Studio.

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