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Groovik’s Cube – The World’s Largest Rubik’s Cube

Groovik's Cube, the world's largest Rubik's Cube
Groovik’s Cube, the giant art-meets-science installation, will premiere at LSC in spring 2014, on the 40th anniversary of the invention of Rubik’s Cube.

Liberty Science Center, on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty, is endeavoring to build Groovik’s Cube — a 1.5-story high Rubik’s Cube that can be controlled via the Web from anywhere in the world.

Paul Hoffman , Liberty Science Center President and CEO, notes, “Groovik’s Cube will serve as a symbol of the power of math, science and creativity. With the public’s help, we can send this powerful interactive icon around the world, inspiring people of all ages with the excitement of science and technology.”

The giant art-meets-science installation will premiere at LSC in spring 2014, on the 40th anniversary of the invention of Rubik’s Cube. It will be the centerpiece of “Beyond Rubik’s Cube,” a 7,000-square-foot exhibition designed to celebrate the world’s most popular puzzle and the many cool things the Cube has inspired in robotics, engineering, mathematics, design, art and film.

The original Groovik’s Cube was designed for the Burning Man art festival in 2009 by a team of artists led by Barry Brumitt and Mike Tyka , but will be installed indoors at LSC as it is not sturdy enough to travel extensively. The Center is launching a fundraising effort using the popular fundraising site Indiegogo, with the hope of raising $500,000 to help LSC create a new and improved version to be installed outdoors where it will be viewable from NJ and NYC for nine months before it begins a world tour alongside the traveling exhibition. (If you wish to contribute to the effort, you can visit www.lsc.org/grooviks. Donors will receive exciting perks ranging from t-shirts to trips to Budapest as a show of appreciation for their support.)

Rubik’s Cube Trivia

  • Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernö Rubik.
  • The cube is the world’s best-selling puzzle game. 350 million cubes had been sold by January 2009.
  • There are approximately forty-three quintillion ways to arrange the faces of the original 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube.
  • Mats Valk of the Netherlands set the current world record for a single time solve of a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube in March 2013 at the Zonhoven Open in Belgium. He solved the cube in 5.55 seconds.
  • There are many variations of Rubik’s Cube, one with 17 faces on each side of the cube, called the “Over The Top” cube. It retails for more than $1,000.
  • Software-only versions of the Rubik’s Cube allow you to try your hand at cubes with 1000 x 1000 x 1000 faces, or cubes that exist in 4 and even 5 dimensions.

Try your hand at Rubik’s Cube from Amazon.