News: Artist Makes Rubik's Cube Using Bronze (and Pee)

Artist Makes Rubik's Cube Using Bronze (and Pee)

Artist Marshall Astor has made a fully functional Rubik's Cube out of bronze.

Artist Makes Rubik's Cube Using Bronze (and Pee)

What? No differentiated, colored sides? How do you play? Apparently there's reasoning behind it. Astor gets deep:

"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."

Hmm. Well, it looks badass and Astor used his own urine to achieve that attractive patina.

Click through for more HowTo behind Astor's process.

Artist Makes Rubik's Cube Using Bronze (and Pee)

Artist Makes Rubik's Cube Using Bronze (and Pee)

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Never realized urine burns could look so good.

With a regular (plastic) rubik's cube, the pieces flex somewhat and are snapped into place. I wonder -- how do you snap in metal pieces that don't flex like plastic?

Good point. I'll bet it doesn't snap at all. It looks pretty rusty so if I were to bet, I'd say it requires a deliberate force to overcome the friction when turning it. It's probably just up to you to make sure it lines up properly.

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