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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Grayling High School senior creates eye-catching mosaics with Rubik's Cubes

Dan Sanderson-Staff Writer reports, "A popular puzzle, which has consumed the time and boggled the minds of millions of people over the last three and a half decades, has been transformed into eye-catching art in the halls at the Grayling High School."

Above, Grayling High School senior Luke Petrosky is pictured with his collection of Rubik's Cubes of various sizes and configurations. Photo by Dan Sanderson

Grayling High School senior Luke Petrosky recently received 600 Rubik's Cubes from a program called You Can Do the Rubik's Cube and is using them to create intricate art mosaics of famed musicians and pop culture figures.

The Rubik's Cube is a 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik. Originally called the Magic Cube, the puzzle was licensed by Rubik to be sold by Ideal Toy Corp. in 1980.

As of January 2009, 350 million cubes had been sold worldwide making it the world's top-selling puzzle game. It is widely considered to be the world's best-selling toy.

Although the Rubik's Cube reached its height of mainstream popularity in the 1980s, it is still widely known and used. Many speedcubers continue to practice it and other similar twisty puzzles and compete for the fastest times in various categories. Since 2003, The World Cube Association, the Rubik's Cube's international governing body, has organized competitions and kept the official world records.

Joey Greenway, a fellow Grayling High School senior, introduced Petrosky to the Rubik's Cube two years ago. Solving the cube became a friendly rivalry between the two friends.

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