The other day, I came across a strange image of Martin Luther King Jr on Tumblr - it reminded me of an Andy Warhol painting until I saw the entire photo...
Isn't that beautiful? It's a little pixelated though, don't you think? Well, it's for a very simple reason, really.
This isn't a photo.
It isn't a painting.
It's a mosaic...made out of Rubik's Cubes!
Of course, I had to track this project down and learn more about it.
This is what I was able to find on the Internet:
Pete Fecteau is the artist who spent most of last year (2010) creating this mosaic of Martin Luther King Jr out of 4242 Rubik's Cubes! It is titled Dream Big. And big it is! He used a computer program to generate the blueprint and went from there. Once completed, the mosaic measured approximately 18' 6" x 9' 8" and weighed nearly half a ton. While Fecteau received assistance from nearby organizations such as a church and Rubiks Cube association, he came up with the idea on his own.
After completing the almost year-long project, Fecteau entered Dream Big into the 2010 ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan and placed in the top 50 - that's out of over 1,700 submissions!
Pretty amazing, isn't it?