Libery Science Center, NJ
Groovik’s Cube is a fully playable, 35ft-high sculpture inspired by the classic puzzle, Rubik’s Cube. It was built by Mike Tyka, Barry Brumitt and a team of artists and engineers from Seattle in 2009. It is, to our knowledge, the largest functional Rubik’s Cube structure in the world. Groovik’s Cube is controlled from 3 control stations that surround the main structure - each player is able to rotate only one axis, creating an entirely new, collaborative puzzle solving experience.
Groovik’s Cube offers a unique new playing mode where three players must collaborate to solve the classic Rubik’s cube puzzle. The cube is controlled via three touch screen interfaces located around the cube, with each interface capable of rotating only one axis of the cube - no single player can solve the cube alone. This innovative twist adds a completely new dimension to the game and turns the classic puzzle into a social game and a fascinating social spectacle.
VIDEO: Timelapse of the installation
VIDEO: Speedcubers playing Groovik's Cube
Mike Tyka studied Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Bristol. He obtained his PhD in Biophysics
in 2007 and went on to work as a research fellow at the University of Washington and has
been studying the structure and dynamics of protein molecules. In particular, he
has been interested in protein folding and has been writing computer simulation
software to better understand this fascinating process. Protein folding is the way
our genetic code is interpreted from an abstract sequence of data into the functional
enzymes and nano machines that drive our bodies.
Mike currently works at Google in Seattle.
Mike became involved in creating sculpture and art in 2009 when he helped design and construct Groovik's Cube, a 35ft tall, functional, multi-player Rubik's cube. Since then he's co-founded ALTSpace, a shared art studio in Seattle, and started creating sculptures of protein folds. He hopes to capture some of the hidden beauty of these amazing molecules, make it accessible to the general public, and maybe act as inspiration for those who want to learn more about these fascinating molecules that make life possible.
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