MLK in Rubik's Cubes by Peter FecteauJuxtapoz // Friday, 11 Nov 2011
Artist Peter Fecteau has created this piece, Dream Big, using 4,242 Rubik’s cubes to create a portrait piece of Martin Luther King. The piece took over a year to complete, and although we don't know the full intention, the results are dramatic.
According to Fecteau's site, "4,242 officially licensed Rubik’s Cubes. It measures 19? x 8’6? x 2.25? (5.8m x 2.6m x 5.7cm ). It weighs roughly 1000 pounds (454kg). Each cube has been 'reversed solved' or twisted so that one of the faces maps it’s nine stickers into the total image, 38,178 stickers total. The construction process took a little over 40 hours and the final installation to about five and a half hours with 6 volunteers helping. The cubes were rented through the You Can Do The Cube organization. The mosaic was on display during the 2010 ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan USA from September 22nd to October 10th. There were roughly 30,000 people who came to view the mosaic during that time. “Dream Big” placed in the top 50 out of 1,700+ entries. The mosaic was left intact for a month after the competition in an attempt to sell it. The pending sale did not materialize and the mosaic was disassembled in late November and the cubes were shipped back to their originating points."