The Rubik’s  Cube was invented by the Hungarian architect and sculpture Ernö Rubik in 1974. The sculpture initially conceived it as a piece of art.  A way of explaining to his students the concept of spatial awareness, representing contrasts in the human condition, such as order and chaos, simplicity and complexity; stability and dynamism. The cube for him was best left scrambled to represent these concepts.

Licensed by the Ideal Toy Corp in 1980, it rapidly became a world sensation and top selling toy. The puzzle is characterised by having six sides, made up of 9 stickered movable cubes. Each side has a different colour, the idea being that you scramble the order of the cubes and to solve the puzzle the sides need to be put back into their block colours.

Once they had been solved the emphasis became different ways of solving it and how quickly they could be solved. Rubik’s Cube World Record currently stands at the amazingly quick time of 4.90 seconds seconds, by   Lucas Etter.

Rubik himself eventually solved his puzzle after a month of  trying.

Here are some easy instructions on how to solve Rubik’s Cube http://www.howtocube.com/. There are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000  ways to solve the cube, here are a few to try :http://rubikscube.info/

Writing tasks
Try solving a Rubik’s Cube, contemplate it as an object of art, representing the world’s contradictions.  Free write(15-20 minutes).

Write a poem about a Rubik’s Cube or an object that represents the world’s dilemmas.

Happy Writing!

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