A Rubik’s cube

The most challenging aspect of the design process, was to produce a design which didn’t attempt to characterise beauty, but instead to create an environment within which, more crucially, the audience could potentially encounter beauty. The design would, therefore, need to invite the audience to seek out an encounter.

One important quality, that the sculpture within the installation had to portray, was the notion of beauty as a permanent, although seemingly fleeting, experience. Essentially, our encounters with beauty, are an intensely rich pleasure, something that is “exquisite and yet leaves us unsatisfied” – Tom Wright.

Following an extensive search for an object that could represent this quality, I eventually settled on the image of a ‘Rubik’s puzzle cube’.


In my mind, the twists and turns, and mental exertion, involved in attempting to solve a Rubik’s cube, dovetailed neatly with the thought processes of an audience trying to solve the meaning of the sculpture. The cube’s form would also, hopefully, encourage the audience to walk around the sculpture, observing it from different angles. For me, however, the most significant reason for using the Rubik’s cube type sculpture, lay with the idea of the cube itself representing beauty as a puzzle.

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