Incredible Rubik Cubic ArtBy Village Mayor • Feb 16th, 2009 • Category: Art, Latest Post
Ernő Rubik invented the Cube in the spring of 1974 in his home town of Budapest, Hungary. He wanted a working model to help explain three-dimensional geometry and ended up creating the world’s best selling toy. For most of the people it was just a little puzzle game, but some guys found absolutely different purpose for Rubik’s cubes and Rubikcubism was born.
Rubikcubism: Avant garde artistic movement that appeared in the XXI Century by using Rubik’s cubes as a medium to create art. The French artist known by the pseudonym Invader is at the origin of this movement. Have a nice scrolling down the list with some additional facts about Rubik’s Cube…
(Image credits: gusset)
1. Dalai Lama
- Rubik’s inspiration for the Cube’s internal mechanism came from pebbles in the River Danube whose edges had been smoothed away.
- Rubik called his invention the ‘Magic Cube’. It was renamed the Rubik’s Cube by the Ideal Toy Corporation in 1980.
2. Alex DeLarge
- More than 300 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold worldwide. If all the cubes were placed on top of each other it would be enough to reach the North Pole from the South Pole!
- At the height of the Rubik’s craze in the mid-1980s, it was estimated that one-fifth of the world’s population had played the Cube.
3. Cute Little Dragon
“Made up of Rubik’s Cubes. Yeah. And stuck 10 ft. off the ground”
- ‘Cubing’ still infects people of all ages. ‘Cubaholics’ are said to suffer from ‘Rubik’s wrist’ and ‘Cubist’s thumb’!
- Rubik’s Cube has featured in hundreds of books, magazines, movies and even had its own TV series on ABC in America. Millions of web pages, blogs and YouTube videos are now dedicated to cubing.
4. Freddy Krueger?
- The Cube has inspired everything from fashion, architecture and music to films, plays and political speeches. There is also a dedicated art movement known as ‘Rubikubism’.
- There are edible cubes, jewel-encrusted Cubes and even MP3 playing cubes! The biggest Cube in the world, on display in Knoxville, Tennessee, is 3 metres tall and weighs over 500kg.
5. Dead Ghost from Pac-man
(Image credits: Omino71VinylFactory@MondoPop March21th Roma)
- National and international ‘speedcubing’ championships have been held regularly since 2003. The World Cube Association now runs competitions where players have to solve the Cube one-handed, as well as having to solve the Cube using only your feet. There is even a competition where players have to solve the Cube as quickly as possibe blindfolded!
- In May 2007, Thibaut Jacquinot of France became the first person to complete the Cube in under 10 seconds in open competition, setting a world record time of 9.86 seconds. The current world record for a single solve was set by Erik Akkersdijk at the 2008 Czech Open with a time of 7.08 seconds.
6. Richard Kiel as “Jaws” from the James Bond movie
(Image credits: http://www.space-invaders.com/rubikubism.html)
- The speed Cubing Championships were held in Budapest in October 2007 and were attended by Ernő Rubik himself.
- In 2007 the Rubik’s Cube beat stiff competition to be recognised in the annual CoolBrands list by the Superbrands organisation.
And then I came across this nice little website about RUBIKCUBISM (link). Some pictures from their website:
7. Atomic Bomb
8. La Grande Odalisque by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
9. Mona Lisa
10. Jack Nicholson
10. Various Rubik’s artworks
Fact source: http://www.rubiks.com
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