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Posted on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 4:11 p.m.

U-M's 'The Cube' gets an April Fool's Day makeover

By Daniel Brenner


"The Cube," April 1, 2013

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It's April Fool's Day, spring is in the air, and even "The Cube" is getting into the spirit.

The famous sculpture outside the University of Michigan's Fleming Administration Building, 503 Thompson St., is sporting brightly colored cloths today. So far, there's been no public claim of responsibility for the action.

According to the Bentley Historical Library, "The Cube" is the work of sculptor Bernard Rosenthal (U-M '35), and it weighs 2,300 pounds. It's designed to spin with even a slight push.


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Jenn McKee

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 1:32 p.m.

The Rubik's Cube idea is cute - though the original had no white squares....


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 1:01 p.m.

Would that the wind could as easily blow away this piece of Not-Art completely...


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 11:11 p.m.

Woah man, be careful you don't cut someone with that edginess.


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 6:17 p.m.

If I recall correctly you can spin that thing by hand.If I'm wrong someone correct me


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 2:57 p.m.

Hey, I love the Cube - even with its (failed) Rubik costume.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 10:56 p.m.

It would appear that's actually the battle flag of Greater Transnidtria. The only question remaining is whether the perps were merely unwitting tools, or active conspirators.

Kyle Mattson

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 8:41 p.m.

It would appear some students attempted to mirror this 'prank' pulled back in 2008. Unfortunately, the wind seems to have won this round...

Ann English

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 12:15 a.m.

So it was windy today on campus, just as in other places south and north of it. The big buildings around The Cube didn't shield it from the wind.