Missing: World's largest Rubik's Cube

Missing: World's largest Rubik's Cube

All that's left of the cube now is chunks of painted fiberglass that used to be the cube's panel pieces. All that's left of the cube now is chunks of painted fiberglass that used to be the cube's panel pieces.

February 28, 2007

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- One of the most recognized icons from the 1982 World's Fair is missing in action. Or make that, missing in storage.

The world's largest Rubik's Cube was a gift from the government of Hungary. However, it hasn't really enjoyed diplomatic treatment. And now, it's gone!

Bruised and battered, the cube was laid to rest temporarily in a city storage yard under I-40 in downtown.  But not anymore.

6 News approached people on Market Square Wednesday night to see if they had any idea where the cube might be.

"I would hope it was somewhere nice and taken care of, but I'm assuming that's not the story," one man said.

All that's left of the cube now, at least what we can see, is chunks of painted fiberglass that used to be the cube's panel pieces.

It was moved from the storage yard within the past few months. The East Tennessee Historical Society is charged with its care. They've handed it over to the city to look after it while they search for a place to display it.

"If they can put all the pieces together, make it work and keep it safe, then we would be glad to find the appropriate place for it," says Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam.

Still the unanswered question, however, is where is it right now. Historical Society curator Michael Toomey, PhD agrees with 6 News' assumption, that the cube is in," a secure, undisclosed location."

"It's probably with Dick Cheney," one woman speculates.

"Undisclosed. No one knows? Interesting," pondered one passer-by.

"Is it under the other bridge?" one man asks our reporter.


"The cave?" he retorts.

"The cave? Is it hanging out with Batman or something?" 6 News says.

One woman wonders if the cube had been destroyed. "Probably recycled somewhere."

"Recycled into what?" we ask.

"Whatever it was made out of. Hopefully its been made into something else," she responds.

The next logical question is, where will the cube end up on display?

"Somewhere maybe in the World's Fair Park or near the convention center," Mayor Haslam says

"I would like to see it," says a young woman in Market Square. "I think this would be a great place."

The 25th anniversary of the World's Fair is coming up this year on May 1. Hopefully by then, city officials say, they will have pieced together the puzzle of where they can display it permanently.

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