A couple of days ago I wrote about how I thought I was pretty good at planking, going for almost five minutes. That sense of superiority went completely away when I read that the current world record is over 10 hours.
And just a few weeks ago I wrote about how I had successfully relearned how to complete Rubik’s Cube. I did point out that there were people much younger than me who could complete it much faster, do it with their feet, or do it blindfolded.
But at least we were all doing the same thing, solving the cube.
After all, that’s what the cube is for right? You scramble it up, and then you solve it.
Apparently you can do a whole lot more than that.
Well, I can’t, but 9-year-old Benjamin Russo certainly can.
Benjamin can form multiple Rubik’s Cubes into specific patterns, forming essentially photomosaics.
Benjamin recently used 750 cubes to form a large portrait of wrestler John Cena.
I’m not sure what part of the process is harder: deciding how the top surfaces of all 750 cubes need to be placed next to each other to form the portrait or once that is sketched out, actually solving the pattern for each individual cube.
Benjamin made a video of the process, and what makes this even more impressive is that Benjamin notes that he has dyslexia.
But he seems to have a positive attitude about it. Benjamin uses a series of written notes during the video explaining his dyslexia, noting ” “I mix up my words. I get very frustrated and upset too sometimes. But having dyslexia also means I can do something amazing! Like this…”
Here’s the video (you may want to turn the sound down):
John Cena even gave a shout out on Twitter to Benjamin:
This is the embodiment of #NeverGiveUp.
Benjamin demonstrates courage, perseverance, vulnerability, tremendous strength… and he’s an ARTIST! I admire you, your work, and your outlook.https://t.co/HtChYVAj32
— John Cena (@JohnCena) December 29, 2019
I find Benjamin’s creation simply stunning. But this wasn’t a one and done. Benjamin has also created a portrait of Keanu Reeves.
While reading about this, I did come across a couple of other videos where the cubes were used to create photomosaic type portraits:
It’s a use for a Rubik’s Cube that would have never entered my mind, thanks to functional fixedness.
The people here see the Rubik’s Cube as something that can be used to make art; I look at a Rubik’s Cube and all I can see if a 3X3 cube that needs to be solved.
So I think I need to stop my humblebragging about planking and cubing. I’m just embarrassing myself…