July 16, 2007 - After 25 years as a
vagabond the world's largest Rubik's Cube has finally found a permanent
Monday Public Service Department crews from Service Area 1 and Facilities
Services relocated the 10-foot-high, 1,200-pound cube from the ground
floor of Knoxville Convention and Exhibition Center to the upstairs
section where the KCEC connects with the Holiday Inn's lobby.
The cube, recently restored, had been placed in the KCEC for exhibit
during the city's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the World's
It wasn't an easy move on Monday.
It took more than a dozen people to break the Cube down - the
base had to be taken apart and the two outside panels removed -
carry it to its new home and then re-install it.
It was in place by mid-morning on Monday.
"It wasn't too bad," said Alex Neubert, manager of Service
Area 1. "The panels were just awkward. They probably weigh
about 300 pounds."
The central section of the Cube, which includes the motor that
turns it, weighs about 600 pounds.
Both Neubert and Steve Dyer, manager of Facilities Services, which
built the base for the Rubik's Cube, worked inside the structure
Monday morning preparing it for installation at its new home.
Jason Burgoyne, director of operations for the Knoxville Convention
Center, was also involved in the effort.
It will hopefully be the last move for the Rubik's Cube, which
graced the entrance to Hungary's Pavilion at the 1982 World's Fair.
An oversized model of the wildly popular early 1980s toy designed
by Hungarian Architecture Professor Erno Rubik it became one of
the Fair's most well known icons - and one of the few things that
remain from the 1982 World's Fair.
But it had fallen on hard times since those days and by 2006 it
was quietly rusting away beneath an overpass near World's Fair Park.
After the World's Fair the giant puzzle had moved from place to
place finding temporary homes with the University of Tennessee,
the City of Knoxville and the East Tennessee Historical Society,
before it ended up resting outside.
After media reports about its condition last year former Knox County
Executive Dwight Kessel, a mechanical engineer and ETHS board member,
restored the Rubik's Cube with the assistance of several UT engineering
Several donors provided funding for the restoration.