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Art From Rubik’s Cubes

There’s something you don’t know about me—I love Rubik’s Cubes. I would spend hours trying to solve them as a kid and could never do it, but was way too stubborn to peel off the stickers. A few years ago, I decided I wanted to learn how to solve one for real. I contacted a champion Cuber (yes, this is an actual term—hey Ian!) who taught me the way. It took weeks, but I finally got it. And then the magazine I worked for challenged me to compete in Rubik’s Cubing Nationals. I went in 2006, and did great, solving the cube in 1:50 seconds and coming in 68th place. Yes, there were 70 competitors, but still. These days, anytime I get stressed, I pick up a cube and it reminds me that there’s order in the universe even if there doesn’t seem to be.

And so I am obsessed with French street artist Invader, who has created an entire series of works called “Rubikcubism,” made of my beloved cubes. In the series, he depicts everything from the Andy Warhol’s soup cans to Sid Vicious’ mug shot using Rubik’s Cubes as his medium. The level of precision needed here is truly amazing—the image above shows you the process. This guy has Rubik’s skills. Check out some of my favorite pieces after the jump.

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as “Bonnie and Clyde.”


The Mona Lisa in cubes.


Eek! It’s the A-Bomb. See way more here.

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