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MAKE Sales Manager Brigitte Kunde shared this amazing build with us, spotted online by a friend of hers. Pete Fecteau used over 4,000 Rubik’s Cubes to create this 18′ 6″ x 9′ 8″ mosaic of Dr. Martin Luther King. Apparently Rubik’s-based artwork is a “thing.” There’s Rubik’s Einstein, Lincoln, Sitting Bull, Kathy Lee and Hoda(?). There’s even a name for the genre: Rubikcubism.

Pete Fecteau’s Website

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • Rex G. Baker IV

    What a spectacular accomplishment! Did the artist use a computer program to configure the images/cubes?

    • biz

      Good question, i would like to know as well. What i would do is open up Photoshop, and set a palette of colors that match the Rubik’s cube. Then import a photo such that you want and determine how wide and tall you can shrink it down without losing too much quality. You make sure the pixels in the image are converted to your color palette and now each pixel represents a square on the cube. Make sure the math works and then have fun trying to make all the parts with 4000 or so cubes… I would say its less art and more technical work, which is the only thing i could ever do so i still think its awesome.

      • http://huh jason tucker

        man that ain,t no rubix cube thats a pacman. don’t you know frogger.

        • mr

          No Jason……his work is as u see it…..real art….i know a few people who can solve em cube puzzles in less than a minute

          good job bro.

  • Hezekiah

    How much did you get paid…if you don’t mind me asking?

    • http://petefecteau.wordpress.com petefecteau

      $0

      • http://www.facebook.com/denis.mujakovic.1 Denis Mujakovic

        fantastic feat, congratulations. noble motif aswell.

    • Emma

      I don’t think he would get paid. I mean, it was his art work and I guess he wanted to put it in the art museum. Or he got asked to put it in there. but He wouldn’t get paid anything for that.

      • Soon to be former night attendant

        …then the night attendant gets bored, solves all the cubes and puts them back.

  • paul

    what does the back look like?

    • rob

      david alan coe

      • http://www.petefecteau.com Pete Fecteau

        The back didn’t look like anything. It looked like scrambled cubes.

        • Walter

          Isn’t that really all the front is also, scrambled cubes?

          • http://www.facebook.com/haulerjames James Thompson

            Man, if that’s scrambled, think of how awesome it will be when “unscrambled”. NO IT’S TRULY A WORK OF ART.

        • Nick Clark

          lol – You clever fecker.

          I thought the back looked like a psychedelic negative?

          :-)

          • http://www.facebook.com/roshan.jambhulkar Roshan Sheela Jambhulkar

            LOL :)

    • Drew

      A ‘negative’ of the front, i’d assume…

  • MJ

    Impressed. Now, if there was another image on he other side, THEN I’d be super impressed.

    • Emma

      It would be very awesome but VERY VERY hard to do that. Hahaha! Yea. I would be super impressed too! :)

      • erika

        Hi

        • https://www.facebook.com/sophia.kuriyama Sophia Kuriyama

          lol;

  • Brosidon

    @ Rex

    Probably it’s too difficult otherwise

  • Archer Rhodes

    There should be an image on the back side and it should be the negative of the front i would imagine. think about it, if the artist used standard cubes with each color having a direct polar opposite then the back image should be the “negative” of the front.

    • David

      That’s not how a Rubik’s cube works. The centers of each face are immovable, but otherwise you can change which squares are opposite of each other

  • http://n/a wouldntyouliketoknow

    pretty good stumble ;) I like it.

  • http://gravatar.com/misterdogshit misterdogshit
    • steve

      He did this for Artprize in Grand Rapids, MI in 2010 like it says on his site.

      • http://www.facebook.com/hollenbecker Esther Hollenbeck

        I did see this at the ArtPrize in Grandrapids, MI a few years ago. this is fantastic

    • umsoyeah

      those pieces are very different from what hes done here…

  • http://www.mr-loto.it Mr.Loto

    Cool, I had never seen a composition made ​​with the Rubik’s Cube, who knows how much it cost. ..

    Greetings

  • Eduardo

    FABTASTIC. THIS IS REAL
    CONTEMPORARY ART

    • bencro

      An unsuccessful art work. ‘Martin Luther King’ and ‘Rubik cubes’, how do these go on to become something new, i.e. an artwork. I like it but, I’m feeling, hidden shallows

  • http://www.facebook.com/al.rocuant Al Rocuant

    I love talented people !!

  • bryce

    man this is something that deserves much more publicity.. what motivated you to create something like this? its funny i just gave my first HONEST effort to do one of these damn things lol.. hit me back man..

  • erin

    what an amazing stumble!

    • http://stumbleupon erin hamlin

      my name is Erin too!

      • http://www.ronzineke.de Ronzineke

        But, do you live in Eire?

  • Mia

    Props. Great Stumble.

  • http://rossmillermcbride.wordpress.com mcbri1rm

    Being from Grand Rapids, Art Prize is amazing to see. This is so cool!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000198847507 Kelli Nix

    what led the artist to this idea? how did he come up with the concept, and how long did it take for him to not only design the specs, but actually work the cubes to get the colors in the precise spaces? I am amazed. Excellent work!

  • Amazed

    Wonderful artwork! I am utterly amazed at this man’s talent. But 4000 Rubik’s Cubes would cost so much money! I hope he bought them in bulk! (Even more, I hope someone bought his artwork for more than he paid for all of those cubes!)

  • Corey

    ive been wanting to do this but ran into issues with acquiring such a large amount of cubes. any tips? how did you do it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Krock5 Karol Sanchez Palacios

    ART!!!

  • Ed

    Just wondering how much 4,000 rubik’s cubes might cost and where did you buy them/ direct from factory? Wholesale?
    Fascinating Work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/DickKuyten Dick Kuyten

    AWESOME! Great artwork of this great man!

  • Ketan

    great example of hard work and concept !

  • http://bestlifeshare.com BestLife

    OMG, you are real good!
    did you plan and fill in the pattern with color in each pixel before start?

  • http://quadhirababil.wordpress.com quadhirababil

    Reblogged this on Quadhirababil's Blog.

  • shanone

    very nice

  • Pinar Tevek

    Crazy.

  • Brandon

    have u considered upgrading to 4×4 0r 5×5 for better picture quality?

  • wildpersona

    amazing work

  • http://rawfulnews.wordpress.com Rawful News

    that’s crazy. he must be artistic AND autistic. http://rawfulnews.com/

    • Emma

      That’s awful! Why would you say something like that?!?!? My brother is autistic and I don’t apreciate you saying stuff like that! That is rude and uncalled for! Wow! I can’t believe you said that!

      • http://rawfulnews.wordpress.com Rawful News

        Sorry didn’t mean any harm.

      • http://www.ronzineke.de Ronzineke

        You are mad because your brother can’t count cards like Ray Babbit :-)
        I feel you, autism is portraied like this amazing skill that can produce spectacular result, not like the disease it really is.

  • http://lambskinny.wordpress.com lambskinny

    Reblogged this on Versatile Blogger Award and commented:
    What an amazing accomplishment — art from puzzles.

  • http://dutchgoesitalian.com dutchgoesitalian

    Wow, this is unique!!! Just fabulous!!

  • http://rmorrone.wordpress.com Rick Morrone

    man.. this is too cool. not only did you have to map out the colors for the picture as a whole, but you had to then configure all the rubix cubes to those colors! how time consuming… props on your patience.

  • Bubble Turd

    Shopped

    • http://www.ronzineke.de Ronzineke

      You wish…

  • He keeps running into my bublets

    Did he died?

  • Miles Whittaker

    That’s over 40,000 dollars worth of cubes. Awesome work though.

  • http://thesaltydawg.wordpress.com The Salty Dawg

    Reblogged this on TheSaltyDawg.

  • sidney

    this is ahhhmazing!

  • claudia

    wow that is cool must have taken a long time

  • jolanda

    I wonder how look it took to create such a beautiful piece!

  • http://twitter.com/DShantz David Shantz (@DShantz)

    It seems you can buy a cube for between $8 and $15, so an expensive proposition… over $30k for materials…

  • http://www.bradmillerdesign.com Brad Miller

    I don’t think this is what MLK was dreaming about.

  • http://hilohep.wordpress.com renemaltos

    Wonderful!

  • jeanetmarie1

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. Cheers

  • serkan

    man to crazy :)

  • http://petefecteau.wordpress.com petefecteau

    I’m the artist who did “Dream Big”. Thank you for all the kind words. If you would like to support me further please check out my Kickstarter project for my next Rubik’s Cube mosaic… Albert Einstein http://kck.st/GrayMatters

  • Moment Matters

    Is this really, really, for real? WOW talk about creativity and persistence. Great artwork!

  • Hari Miriyala

    Fantastic, the clarity achieved in all three facial variations is superb.

  • http://whoa branwen

    whoaaa :O thts soo…cool :)

  • http://Www.limitless365.com Justin

    One of the coolest things I’ve seen

  • http://fashionfermata.blogspot.ca Curtis Creative

    Absolutely Phenomenal!

  • http://northierthanthou.wordpress.com danielwalldammit

    The like button doesn’t seem to be working for me today, so I will just say that I like it manually.

    ….I like it.

  • Peter

    I think I would have just moved the stickers…

  • Emma

    This is amazing! I can’t believe that you did this! It’s so cool! I have a friend who can complete a cube in under a minute! Its amazing to watch how his hands move. Can you do that? I’m sure that you spend a TON of money. I hope for your sake that you got it all back plus some. Cause you deserve it. Wonderful work. But Why Martin Luther King? Why not a picture of your slef or of a tree or something?

  • http://gravatar.com/fricikoma fricikoma

    That’s called rubikubism or Rubik’s cube pixel art. Read that article:
    http://ruwix.com/the-rubiks-cube/rubiks-art-mosaiks-paintings-wallpapers-rubikcubism/

  • Sheidz

    Great Stumble!! :)

  • Alvaro

    How many time does the artist need to do this accomplishment?

  • http://beningmayanti.blogspot.com bening

    brilliant :D

  • http://victoriablak.com victoria blak

    WOW no artist people have some serious time
    This art work reminds me of my own 3D artwork…….. victoriablak.com

  • http://jymart.weebly.com jym

    its just insanely fab, well done.

  • Marisa Polaschek

    Fucking amazing! Yours is the best I’ve seen online :-)

  • PANii3

    wow, thats really creative

  • http://chesylpalacio.wordpress.com chesyl

    Reblogged this on You are born to be free. and commented:
    I wish I could be as patient as him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/harold.marable Harold N. Marable

    WOW!!!!!

  • http://stumble handy

    Wow, so wonderful more grease to your elbow.

  • Ben

    Just imagine if someone dropped it while in transit :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/amy.l.cook1 Amy L. Cook

    I saw this at the Art Prize competition in Grand Rapids, MI in 2010. It was just amazing!

  • Dave

    An amazing way to trivialize a true American hero.

  • http://jmwalk.wordpress.com jmwalker17

    Found this through StumbleUpon – such a fantastic idea! How long did the project take from conception to completion?

  • http://leahscupboard.weebly.com leah saban

    This is pure brilliance – and pure love!

  • http://www.drivansmiles.com/ Chicago Cosmetic Dentist

    Ha how creative1

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  • http://@NajiShyma shyma

    wow,AMAZING

  • http://www.leeann-alexander.artistwebsites.com XQuse

    I think this was an amazing piece. It’s hard enough trying to get the same color on the same side much less putting it together to create an unforgettable piece of art. AWESOME!!!

  • http://www.itechminder.com/ Zareen Khan

    this is really Shocked me…!! this is amazing work.Good very good.Keep it up and more post your more amazing thinks.

  • Hc

    One Rubix cube costs $10. That’s a $40,000 image of MLK without artistic value attached!

  • http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/fine-arts-gallery Magical Art

    Wow, amazing!! Now, that is definitely true art! That must’ve taken a long as time to do!

  • swervedrivin

    You have copied Space Invader’s idea here. Not very original but very anal! Well done!

  • http://bol7.com/autoadvertisement.html Auto Advertisement

    good art it’s amazing……….

  • http://mojetrendy.wordpress.com mojetrendy

    Reblogged this on Mojetrendy and commented:
    Nie pamiętam kiedy ostatnio grałem kostką Rubika?.

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  • http://antonyjon.wordpress.com Antonyjon

    Reblogged this on How R U I am Antony Jon.

  • http://techfp.com rajbhadani2012

    nice puzzle

  • http://twitter.com/SiddhantMishra_ Siddhant Mishra (@SiddhantMishra_)

    Fabulous !!!

  • http://jennydeandrade.blogspot.com.au/ Jenny

    This is an amazing piece of art!

  • http://www.rkebbi.com rkebbi

    4,000 Rubik’s Cubes to create this mosaic of Dr. Martin Luther King… This is just incredible !!!

  • http://www.oklop.me/ Sceko

    Great work

  • http://thezenpsychologist.com Andy

    The Rubiks cube manufacturers must love this guy. He’s probably putting all their kids through college.

  • http://cribs4.com/blog Rachelle Lang

    This was AWESOME!!!!! Keep doing AMAZING things. Found this on “Stumble”.

  • http://www.photopat.eu Antonios Patounis Phtography

    It is cool and very prototype , it reminds me some how the Byzantine mosaic of the Greek orthodox Churches . It is the same logic with the main difference that in a mosaic every piece it is added color by color but in this occasion the artist adds 6 colors every time in the whole picture which is actually very difficult technique.

    Without a Pc i don’t think he could manage to make it !

  • http://www.versaglobe.com David

    Mind Tingling

  • http://stumbleupon Nitya15

    OMG!!!!!!!!!

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/DoubleFoxStudio?ref=si_shop harem6

    Nice work

  • http://leagueoffiction.blogspot.com/ fictionisreal

    WOW. The patience and the precision. Must cost a fortune to get one. But much respect to the time and effort spent on making this. AWESOME work

  • apoorba sitoula

    whuuu thats cool man ……….. crazy:p

  • urfie

    waaawww amazing….:D

  • http://healthy-body-and-happy-mind.blogspot.com Meha Ahire

    Amazing Art.

  • http://www.clippingpathworkhouse.com Mostafizur

    Awesome Art.Thanks…