New home for world’s largest Rubik’s Cube

KNOXVILLE (WATE) — The world’s largest Rubik’s Cube finally has a permanent home in Knoxville, 25 years after it arrived as part of the 1982 World’s Fair.

Crews moved the recently restored 10-foot-high, 1,200-pound cube from the downstairs to the upstairs floor of the Knoxville Convention and Exhibition Center on Monday.

The cube stands by the center’s entry to the Holiday Inn lobby.

It was on display at the Exhibition Center during the city’s 25th anniversary celebration for the World’s Fair.

It took more than a dozen people to break down the Cube, take the base apart, remove the two outside panels, carry it to its new home and re-install it.

“The panels weigh about 300 pounds,” according to Alex Neubert, manager of the city’s Service Area 1.

The central section of the Cube, including the motor that turns it, weighs about 600 pounds.

This will hopefully be the last move for the Rubik’s Cube. It was displayed at the entrance to Hungary’s Pavilion during the World’s Fair.

It’s an oversized model of the iconic 1980s toy designed by Hungarian architecture professor Erno Rubik.

The Rubik’s Cube became one of the fair’s most well known displays. Now, it’s one of the few things remaining from the fair.

But it wasn’t always in the spotlight. By 2006, the cube was rusting under an overpass near World’s Fair Park. It had temporary homes at UT, the city and the East Tennessee Historical Society, before it wound up outside.

After media reports about the cube, former Knox County Executive Dwight Kessel, a mechanical engineer and ETHS board member, restored the cube with the help of several UT engineering students.

The city says several donors helped fund the restoration.

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