In 2009, an artist earned worldwide acclaim for his 12,090 Rubik’s Cube mosaic composition.
Toronto-based artist John Chalom, first made it to the Guinness Book of World Records with his 17×8.5-foot depiction of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” using 4,050 three-inch “solved” Rubix cubes. But, compared to his most recent attempt, his previous creation was too small.
Last October 2009, he created a 2,000 pound, 29×15 foot version of Michaelangelo’s “Hand of God”, which is a famous painting located in the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. For this, he used a total of 12,090 cubes. His masterpiece was revealed at the Nuit Blanche Arts Festival in Toronto. It was on April 2011 when his work was officially listed by the Guinness Team as the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube mosaic.
Rubik’s Cube is a three-dimensional puzzle that was created by Hungarian professor Erno Rubik in 1974. Six years after, it was transformed into an iconic toy by the company Ideal Toy.
Chalom explained, “People have been creating art with Rubik’s Cube ever since, beginning with the first kid who took more than two and made a design. I’m just taking it to a new level”.
In order to achieve a world-record, Chalom has gone through a lot, particularly in acquiring materials. He even ended up purchasing Chinese Rubik’s Cube bargains f0r about $1 per piece.
Because a typical Rubik’s cube only has six colors – white, blue, orange, red, orange, and green, he had difficulties in choosing as well. He said, “You couldn’t have Adam looking like he just came out of a tanning salon or God looking too demonic”.
Chalom also needed assistants, who are capable of solving the puzzle in 30 seconds or less. “Like anything else you put it out on Craigslist,” he stated. He created the advertisement “I Pay For You to Play”, which drew more than 168 respondents from Toronto. At the end of the day, he only employed eight assistants, a graphic architect, and a project manager.
His piece was completed in 400 hours.
Luckily, the Rubik’s Cube mosaic market has no other significant competition than Japan and France. So, everybody embraced Chalom’s creations. In fact, his “Last Supper” mosaic project was sold to a private collector in Florida for $50,000. He also created one mosaic piece in the likeness of Eva Longoriae using 800 Rubik’s Cube. It was then given to the actress as a present.
There are rumors that Chalom is currently discussing with museums, casinos, and other organizations, to create a full reproduction of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which is 156-feet long, using over 250,000 cubes.