Martin Luther King wasn’t the only one who had a dream: artist Peter Fecteau had a dream one night while working with the design company Spout.com (now Pomegranite Studios) about making an gigantic image out of Rubik’s Cubes. Bringing his dream into reality, he created a mosaic consisting of 4,242 “rented” Rubik’s Cubes (from You Can Do The Cube), weighing about 1000 pounds, in which not a single colored sticker out of 38,178 were tampered with or moved. The project involved a donation of $9,000, $8,000 just to rent the cubes. A personal donation of $4,000 was made as well as fundraisers and events with the help of Kickstarter.com.
With his piece, titled “Dream Big,” he entered the 2010 ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he placed 50th out of over 1,700 entries. Would Fecteau have received closer to 1st place if it weren’t for an error in the contests text-message driven voting? I think so. The huge wall hanging was left on display at ArtPrize for the month of October and later disassembled to be shipped back to You Can Do The Cube. The ultimate beauty of this project’s temporal nature: though Fecteau’s dream came true for just a moment, like Martin Luther King’s speech “I Have A Dream,” the memories of the masterpiece continues to inspire us to turn our ideas into reality.