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1,500-Pound Rubik's Cube Unveiled at University of Michigan

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A University of Michigan mechanical engineering student plays with a 1,500-pound, working replica of Rubik's Cube. (YouTube)

By    |   Friday, 14 Apr 2017 06:14 PM

University of Michigan mechanical engineering students unveiled a 1,500-pound Rubik's Cube on Thursday, bringing an oversized version of the popular 3-D puzzle to campus.

"It's the largest solvable mechanical stationary Rubik's Cube," Ryan Kuhn, a 22-year-old senior who helped assemble the giant puzzle, said, according to The Associated Press. "It was kind of an urban myth of North Campus, this giant Rubik's Cube that's been going on for a while."

He called the giant cube an "interactive mechanical art piece."

The school's engineering department posted about installation on Twitter.

The project took two teams of mechanical engineering students three years to design and build, The Detroit News reported.

"Bringing this to life was rewarding, but I didn’t realize how much joy it would bring from conception to unveiling," one of the cube's creators Samuelina Wright said, according to The Detroit News.

"It took over my life, but it no longer is a project," she added. "My dream for the cube would be to bring joy and inspiration to anyone who ever uses it and solves it. If it does that, there’s nothing I’d rather be behind at UM."

The project was started by Kelsey Hockstad, Dan Hiemstra, Martin Harris, and Wright in 2014. After they graduated, three new students — Jason Hoving, Kuhn and Doug Nordman — stepped up.

"The Rubik's Cube has been a consistent source of relaxation and mystery for me over the years, which is what I love most about it," Harris said, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Twitter users seemed intrigued by the cube.

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University of Michigan mechanical engineering students unveiled a 1,500-pound Rubik's Cube on Thursday, bringing an oversized version of the popular 3-D puzzle to campus.
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