Saturday, September 30, 2023

Liberty Science Center Uses Crowdfunding to Fund Rubik’s Cube Inspired Sculpture


Jersey City, NJ, USA /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Liberty Science Center is endeavoring to build Groovik’s Cube – a 1.5-story high Rubik’s Cube® that can be controlled via the Web from anywhere in the world. The Center is asking people around the globe to contribute to a $500,000 campaign to make Groovik’s Cube a reality via the popular fundraising site Indiegogo ( Donors will receive exciting perks ranging from t-shirts to trips to Budapest as a show of appreciation for their support.

“Groovik’s Cube will serve as a symbol of the power of math, science and creativity,” says Paul Hoffman, Liberty Science Center President and CEO. “With the public’s help, we can send this powerful interactive icon around the world, inspiring people of all ages with the excitement of science and technology.”

The giant art-meets-science installation will premiere at LSC in spring 2014, on the 40th anniversary of the invention of Rubik’s Cube. It will be the centerpiece of “Beyond Rubik’s Cube,” a 7,000-square-foot exhibition designed to celebrate the world’s most popular puzzle and the many cool things the Cube has inspired in robotics, engineering, mathematics, design, art and film.

The original Groovik’s Cube was designed for the Burning Man art festival in 2009 by a team of artists led by Barry Brumitt and Mike Tyka, but will be installed indoors at LSC as it is not sturdy enough to travel extensively. The funding will help LSC create a new and improved version to be installed outdoors where it will be viewable from NJ and NYC for nine months before it begins a world tour alongside the traveling exhibition.

Perks for donors exist at every level and range from posters ($25) and t-shirts ($35), to exhibition preview events and the opportunity to help install the Groovik’s Cube ($25,000 each). Personalized Cubes, speed cubing lessons, and exclusive Cube control (with celebratory light shows for successful solving attempts!) are also available. One generous donor will have the opportunity to explore Budapest, the city where the Cube was born, guided by LSC CEO and friend of Erno Rubik, Paul Hoffman ($35,000, trip for 2).

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Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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