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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.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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  1. Rex G. Baker IV says:

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

    1. biz says:

      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.

      1. jason tucker says:

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

        1. mr says:

          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.

  2. Hezekiah says:

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

      1. fantastic feat, congratulations. noble motif aswell.

    1. Emma says:

      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.

      1. Soon to be former night attendant says:

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

  3. paul says:

    what does the back look like?

    1. rob says:

      david alan coe

      1. Pete Fecteau says:

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

        1. Walter says:

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

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

        2. Nick Clark says:

          lol – You clever fecker.

          I thought the back looked like a psychedelic negative?
          :-)

    2. Drew says:

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

  4. MJ says:

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

    1. Emma says:

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

  5. Brosidon says:

    @ Rex

    Probably it’s too difficult otherwise

  6. Archer Rhodes says:

    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.

    1. David says:

      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

  7. pretty good stumble ;) I like it.

    1. steve says:

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

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

    2. umsoyeah says:

      those pieces are very different from what hes done here…

  8. Mr.Loto says:

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

    Greetings

  9. Eduardo says:

    FABTASTIC. THIS IS REAL
    CONTEMPORARY ART

    1. bencro says:

      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

  10. Al Rocuant says:

    I love talented people !!

  11. bryce says:

    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..

  12. erin says:

    what an amazing stumble!

    1. erin hamlin says:

      my name is Erin too!

      1. Ronzineke says:

        But, do you live in Eire?

  13. Mia says:

    Props. Great Stumble.

  14. mcbri1rm says:

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

  15. Kelli Nix says:

    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!

  16. Amazed says:

    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!)

  17. Corey says:

    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?

  18. Ed says:

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

  19. Dick Kuyten says:

    AWESOME! Great artwork of this great man!

  20. Ketan says:

    great example of hard work and concept !

  21. BestLife says:

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

  22. shanone says:

    very nice

  23. Pinar Tevek says:

    Crazy.

  24. Brandon says:

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

  25. wildpersona says:

    amazing work

  26. Rawful News says:

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

    1. Emma says:

      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!

      1. Rawful News says:

        Sorry didn’t mean any harm.

      2. Ronzineke says:

        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.

  27. lambskinny says:

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

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

  29. Rick Morrone says:

    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.

  30. Bubble Turd says:

    Shopped

  31. He keeps running into my bublets says:

    Did he died?

  32. Miles Whittaker says:

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

  33. sidney says:

    this is ahhhmazing!

  34. claudia says:

    wow that is cool must have taken a long time

  35. jolanda says:

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

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

  37. Brad Miller says:

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

  38. jeanetmarie1 says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. Cheers

  39. serkan says:

    man to crazy :)

  40. petefecteau says:

    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

  41. Moment Matters says:

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

  42. Hari Miriyala says:

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

  43. branwen says:

    whoaaa :O thts soo…cool :)

  44. Justin says:

    One of the coolest things I’ve seen

  45. Absolutely Phenomenal!

  46. 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.

  47. Peter says:

    I think I would have just moved the stickers…

  48. Emma says:

    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?

  49. fricikoma says:

    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/

  50. Sheidz says:

    Great Stumble!! :)

  51. Alvaro says:

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

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

  53. jym says:

    its just insanely fab, well done.

  54. Marisa Polaschek says:

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

  55. PANii3 says:

    wow, thats really creative

  56. chesyl says:

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

  57. handy says:

    Wow, so wonderful more grease to your elbow.

  58. Ben says:

    Just imagine if someone dropped it while in transit :/

  59. Amy L. Cook says:

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

  60. Dave says:

    An amazing way to trivialize a true American hero.

  61. jmwalker17 says:

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

  62. leah saban says:

    This is pure brilliance – and pure love!

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  66. XQuse says:

    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!!!

  67. Zareen Khan says:

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

  68. Hc says:

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

  69. Magical Art says:

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

  70. swervedrivin says:

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

  71. good art it’s amazing……….

  72. mojetrendy says:

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

  73. Jenny says:

    This is an amazing piece of art!

  74. rkebbi says:

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

  75. Andy says:

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

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

  77. 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 !

  78. David says:

    Mind Tingling

  79. 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

  80. apoorba sitoula says:

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

  81. urfie says:

    waaawww amazing….:D

  82. Mostafizur says:

    Awesome Art.Thanks…