Using 4,242 Rubik’s cube and just 5 out of the 6 possible colors, Pete Fecteau succeeded on creating this massive mosaic piece named ‘Dream Big’. Having been a long-time fan of this piece of toy for years, it took him a year of playing around with it to be able to solve the puzzle under a minute. Only because having dreamt about it, he came up with the idea to use the Rubik’s cube as a medium for his art project to enter the ArtPrize competition.
The Rubik’s cube has a very limited color palette and I wanted to use 5 of the 6 colors to translate the work of Martin Luther King Jr. into a dynamic, analogous visual. I started by composing the image in black and white and then separated the grey scale into 9 solids.
Those 9 greys were then swapped with the 5 cube colors and the gradients between them. The process was and is a true test of color theory. Once I had the cubes, which was the hardest part of the whole process, the construction was simple. 4,242 Rubik’s Cubes, 5 colors, 1 subject.