Tuesday, February 22, 2011

World’s Biggest Rubik’s Cube

Scientist Oskar van Deventer has spent almost $2500 making the world’s biggest Rubik’s cube — and admits he cannot solve it.
His puzzle has 1539 pieces and measures a foot wide. Although he can solve a regular 3×3x3 cube in about two minutes, Oskar admits his cube has him beaten.

He says: “The puzzle has never been solved, although people have solved virtual versions of it on the internet. If you can solve a regular Rubik’s cube you could work out how to solve my version but it would take a lot of work. It’s quite nice to make pictures from all the colours on the cube.”
The Dutch scientist had the puzzle’s movable pieces cut by laser, then spent 15 hours colouring them.

He adds: “I’ve been designing puzzles since I was about 12 and I thought it would be nice to go over the top and build an even larger Rubik’s cube. I presented the puzzle at the New York Puzzle Party Symposium this month and the crowd went wild – everybody wanted to touch and try ‘I won’t be making a bigger one in the future but in theory someone could take my design and use it to make something larger.”