Published: 14th January 2021
This 25-year-old Bengaluru lad just made India's largest mosaic out of 7,400 mini Rubik's cubes
On display at Coca-Cola's headquarters in Bengaluru, it took Prithveesh K Bhat over five months to plan and execute this particular work of art. Here's how he did it. Read on to find out more...
We all know about the kind of skill involved when it comes to solving the Rubik's cube. But do we know that a lot of art is involved too? Prithveesh K Bhat is an artist who is an expert at bringing out the art in Rubik's cube. His latest feat? A large hand-made mosaic for Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB), Bengaluru. Large by whose standards, you ask? Well, made of 7,400 mini Rubik's cubes, it has earned a place in the Asia Book of Records. But how does one go from cubing to art? The 25-year-old tells us all.
With the mosaic | (Pic: HCCB)
From the year 2014, learning cubing was on for this artist hailing from Cherkady village in Udupi district of Karnataka. But he wanted to go beyond. It was while studying at SDM Degree College, Ujire, that he first assembled 100 cubes to make a portrait. Then he set his first Guinness World Records of dual-sided artwork with Rubik's cube. "This art has taken me to many states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. I even had the chance to display my work at India's Got Talent, the reality show, as well," says the youngster, who doesn't just cube himself, he teaches other students too. He has taught over 15,000 students and this he would do during the weekend in schools and colleges. Now, of course, he is taking online classes.
Save the tiger | (Pic: HCCB)
Coming to his latest magnum opus at the HCCB office, it took Prithveesh five months to just plan the project. "I took the exact picture of the output I wanted and then pixelated it. Multiple colours emerge and yet, we can't depict them all via the Rubik's cube. So we have to convert it into another suitable colour available on the Rubik’s cube," explains the youngster, who recently quit his job as a Cyber Security Analyst and is now cubing full-time. He had to build certain elements of the mosaic separately and then combine them all together. The assembly alone took two weeks, we hear.
That's a record | (Pic: HCCB)
Currently, Prithveesh dedicates over eight hours to teaching online and wants to popularise cubing artwork. "Most people are interested in solving the Rubik's cube and among them, five per cent take it up as a hobby," he notes. The artist himself wants to try Vedic Math with cubing and keep adding to what he has already learnt on his own. "Records help because one gets more recognition and then, we are able to reach out to more and more people," he says and concludes.