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Sachin cubed

Arundhati Chatterjee, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 19, 2013
First Published: 16:39 IST(19/1/2013) | Last Updated: 18:12 IST(19/1/2013)

Rubik’s Cube, the three-dimensional contraption, also known as the magic puzzle, has been one of the most popular toys with people of all ages since its inception in 1974. The cube has been the inspiration for many artists and people all over the world create what is know as pixel or cube art — making mosaics with the colourful squares. A bunch of final-year engineering students from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) are taking part in this trend by using 7000 such cubes to produce an image of cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. And with this feat, engineering student Sarthak Gupta and his classmates are all set to re-enter the Limca Book of Records.

The youngsters already registered themselves in the record book last year by designing a Taj Mahal montage out of 4800 cubes. “The Sachin Tendulkar cube mosaic is our brainchild to revise the existing Indian record and we have already begun working on it”, says Gupta. The gang has been twisting and cracking the Rubik’s cube since 2009 and have been experimenting to escalate puzzle art to a new creative level.

“It has become our hobby to make art pieces on trending topics and it is out of sheer passion that we make such Rubik’s cube art”, he says.

What started as a hobby, has now become a more serious and goal-driven venture. “One of our group members can solve the cube in ten seconds. We all keep participating in cubing events and we are organising one too, called Speed Cubing Mumbai Unlimited (SCMU), this weekend,” says Ronak Dhalawat, one of the group members.

“We definitely want to continue with this art form even in the future. Adding new dimensions to an existing object is fun. To see the complete art piece in front of our eyes will be a sheer delight,” adds Dhalawat.

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