art hack: giant rubick’s cube

giant rubick's cube

since we are on the topic of rubick’s cube hacks, i would probably be derelict in my duties if i didn’t mention the manhattan sculpture that a crew of hackers briefly transformed into 512-cubic-feet of rubick’s goodness.

this one definately ranks right up there with the mit media lab srubbing bubbles.  art hacks are so incredible.  they have a subversive way of giving regular folks a brief look at life through hacker goggles.


  1. Chad cloman says:

    So can we have a few more details on the specifics of this hack? What does the cube normally look like? What do you mean by “briefly”? When did this happen? And is there a version of the picture with color?

  2. Chad cloman says:

    never mind my previous comment. I’m an idiot.

  3. pauly says:

    Someone’s turned a billboard that had a london transport ad on it, into a fantastic mosaic, sticking lots of A4 sized bits of paper of different colours over it. Will try and snap a picture on my way home… There’s a tradition of graffiti, stencilling and other art pranks in the area:

  4. Joe westlake says:

    There is a cube like this that rotates in Ann Arbor, MI. Here is a link to a design sketch of it (In reality it is black).

  5. I was walking through Astor Pl. last night, and I was shocked to discover that the cube is GONE! (Not the Rubik’s Cube, the big metal thing.) In its place is a spindly PVC cube outline. A search of local news sites revealed nothing.

  6. zeke says:
  7. fNhm says:

    So this wasn’t a ‘hack’ at all, but maybe just a protective cover for moving the piece for repairs.
    Perhaps you were quick to claim fame for us ‘hackerz’.
    I think a bettre “art’ hack was when people were stealing SpongBob form BK.

  8. pauly says:

    Check out the link with the original story

    Explains who did it, how they did it, etc…

  9. Matt says:

    is this really a hack?

  10. crummy says:

    i don’t think ‘hack’s always have to be technology related. maybe the strict definition is, but i like stuff like this on hackaday.

  11. Tom holt says:

    this happened a LONG time ago… next time plz look a little farther than copy/pasting links from

  12. micah buckley-Farlee says:

    just because it did not happen recently does not make it unpertinent. this is not a hacking news site, it is a site that shows us hacks.

  13. strider_mt2k says:

    The story is more interesting than I thought it would be.
    Hack a day is great!

    Has the cube been returned?

  14. Joshua Holbrook says:

    The people at MIT would call this a hack, and would instead call what most people call hacks something else:

  15. Pauly says:

    Got a picture of the London Transport poster “defaced” with a mosaic, I think it’s ace:

    Not technology related, but really there right now, I took that picture on Friday. I like how the MIT hackers call computer hacks “cracks”, the word hack is probably used incorrectly by most people, why shouldn’t it be claimed by artists…

  16. sandrar says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

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