Bronze Rubik's Cube

Artist Marshall Astor made a functional Rubik's Cube out of bronze. He describes how the Cube is designed and how this complicated a project that would use plastic parts to move metal pieces. Astor also mused philosophical on the project:

In making a Rubik’s Cube with undifferentiated sides, I was attempting to remove the concept of solving or of having a purpose or goal from the Cube. I wanted to create an object that better reflected my own feelings about the Rubik’s Cube, and in a broader sense, about the fundamental nature of the Universe. I view the Universe – or all observable phenomena – to be a purely subjective concept, best defined as the intersecting agreement between all potential subjectivities. The Cube functions as a receiving object, by denuding it of it’s role as a puzzle, it becomes a more intellectually malleable object, and the physical action of operating the Cube has a more personal meaning.

Well, aside from that, what I found most interesting about the article was how the seemingly simple Rubik's Cube is actually a very complex machine that is not easily duplicated in a medium other than plastic. You'll find more pictures and a comprehensive guide to how he made it (including patination with his own urine) at the link. via GearFuse

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I got my young nephew his first Rubik's cube for Christmas. He opened it last night and said "Someone's already solved it!"

Maybe he'd never seen a new one in the package before.
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