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Dream Big: Portrait Made of 4,242 Rubik’s Cubes

Can’t solve the Rubik’s cube? Don’t worry, because there’s a much cooler way to use it! Pete Fecteau used 4,242 officially licensed Rubik’s Cubes to create a mosaic of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The construction process took a little over 40 hours. Each cube has been “reversed solved” or twisted so that one of the faces maps its nine stickers into the total image, 38,178 stickers total. It measures 19′ x 8’6″ x 2.25″ (5.8m x 2.6m x 5.7cm ) and weighs roughly 1000 pounds (454kg).

Pete Fecteau is a designer by day. He attended Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan and attained his BFA in Digital Media Design in 2007. Upon graduating college, Fecteau accepted a position as design integrator at Spout.com. In 2009 Fecteau volunteered to help with registration of voters and artists to ArtPrize (the world’s largest art competition). Fecteau knew that he would want to compete in the 2010 competition but was failing to find a competitive concept. During the time he was volunteering, Fecteau went home to sleep and had a dream where he was using Rubik’s Cube to create something. Upon waking up, Fecteau set to document the idea and brainstorm other areas of the concept to make it well-rounded.

Website: petefecteau.com

“Dream Big” placed in the top 50 out of 1,700+ entries in ArtPrize 2011.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/migiborislavova Migi Borislavova via Facebook

    wow

  • http://www.facebook.com/DonArmadillo Martin Zoul via Facebook

    and now there’s a puzzle to solve – who came first with the idea? fecteau or street artist called invader (http://www.space-invaders.com/rubikcubism_.html)?

  • http://www.facebook.com/infografik Arek Kurzawa via Facebook
  • http://www.facebook.com/nikeleggio Nick Leggio

    Not sure if he is awesome or if he has too much free time as an adult.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Luk/590900496 Benjamin Luk via Facebook
  • http://twitter.com/mediadeo Media Deo

    Direct ripoff from spaceinvader … seen and done before!

  • retep

    The thing is, pixel art isn’t all that new. When i first saw Stefan Sagmeisters  “adobe design achievment awards poster” it blew my mind http://bit.ly/dapalJ
    And I still like these type of works from the aesthetical viewpoint. But the jaw-dropping effect it had nearly ten years ago is long gone.

  • retep

    The thing is, pixel art isn’t all that new. When i first saw Stefan Sagmeisters  “adobe design achievment awards poster” it blew my mind http://bit.ly/dapalJ
    And I still like these type of works from the aesthetical viewpoint. But the jaw-dropping effect it had nearly ten years ago is long gone.

  • brensan

    so so cool great job i love it :)

  • brensan

    so so cool great job i love it :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/buttonpresser PixelPete Fecteau

    I’ll be the first to tell you that Invader did it before I did.

  • Anonymous

    You say this is all seen and done before? Well so is painting, sketching, sculpture. The thing is, it doesn’t matter whether or not it’s been done. What matters is its emotion and art.

  • http://www.hairlab.dk/ Frisør Frederiksberg

    Duh! So much time wasted on such on ugly portrait! They should have used me instead. :-)