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I visited San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art last week, and was intrigued by the work of conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. LeWitt did not execute much of his art himself - instead, he provided a set of directions to a gallery, which would be carried out by local artisans directly on the walls of the exhibition space. They would then be erased after the show was over. The former practice sounds a LOT like an instructable to me, so for fun I decided to try to recreate a version of one of LeWitt's pieces myself (I have been incredibly distracted while at Pier 9, but have decided to embrace that rather than resent it). I liked his "Cubes in Color on Color":


As a scientist, I felt it resembled a collection of colorful unit cells, and the cube evokes the idea of three dimensionality (which I've been thinking in a lot lately), so it spoke to me on multiple levels. Many thanks to Jeff Ponitz, who recommended the MoMA visit and cast a critical eye over the final piece (above).

Step 1: Design

Very little to do here other than replicate LeWitt's design for the purposes of laser cutting. Attached is the .DXF file, which I designed in Fusion360. I resized it so I could fit it into a single sheet of 2' × 3' plywood (each cube ended up 4.66", 118.5 mm).

<p>my fav instructable yet!</p>
<p>This is so cool! I kept passing this at the pier and wondering where it came from :)</p>
<p>thanks, glad you like it</p>
<p>This is beautiful! We have a block art installation in our house as well :)</p>
<p>Thanks. And nice! How did you make it?</p>
<p>I actually didn't make it, my dad did when I was in high school and college. Each block is a wood frame covered in canvas painted in different textures and colors that reflected his mood that day. It's like having a little piece of him. :)</p>

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