Some puzzles have captivated us for decades, and the Rubik’s Cube is a prime example of one such puzzle.
For those of you with Rubik’s on the mind, this is the Rubik’s Brain – a sculpture that resembles a cube brain, with a functional Rubik’s cube embedded in it.
Dating from 1974, the Rubik’s Cube has seen more than its fair share of revisions, remakes, and modifications. In fact, it’s so popular that we’ve come up with this list of 38 of the most interesting cubes around. Most designs involve custom printing on the sides, while a select few – like this Rubik’s Brain sculpture – are a complete overhaul of the traditional cube.
Made by Jason Freeny, the brain cube is sculpted quite skilfully out of what appears to be polymer clay, encasing a regular Rubik’s Cube. My only beef with this neat sculpture is that the brain looks a bit too rosy pink to me; it resembles the the colour of intestines rather than the greyish flesh of cerebral mass. I also wish the artist painted the black insides of the cube to match the outside – a very minute detail, but one that would help make the piece flawless.
The brain shape of the cube is a fun twist on the idea that the Rubik’s cube is made for brainy people. However, I think that even expert cubers would have trouble solving this, as you need to match up the brain pattern on every side – you can’t tell which side is which by colour alone. It’s definitely an interesting challenge that is rarely seen in the world of Rubik’s Cube modifications, and one that will push your creativity as a puzzle solver.
For more Rubik’s Cube art, check out this collection of 23 mosaics made entirely out of Rubik’s Cubes twisted to form real-life pixel art.