Buttonpresser Studios was started in 2012 by artist and designer Pete Fecteau. Buttonpresser Studios specialized in creating custom mosaics using non-traditional media for corporate clients, collectors, galleries and museums. Pete's largest work, "Erno"" was on display as part of the "Beyond Rubik's Cube"" exhibit.
Buttonpresser Studios is now closed and as of 2023, Pete has retired from building Rubik's Cube mosaics. He is focusing on his career as a designer. His design portfolio can be seen at Fecteau.me.Read Pete's Bio
The awe-inspiring aesthetic of a "cube-ist" mosaic isn't just the fact that it's made from hundreds, sometimes thousands of cubes. The scale and the vibrant colors trigger powerful emotions; like those you had as a child opening a present on your birthday.
Pete's mosaics also utilize a little known optical illusion, the human brain's embedded facial recognition software. The affect is so effective it even fools the lesser intelligent versions found in modern cameras.
The cube lends itself beautifully to an artistic process, that is, if you're willing to take the time. Mosaics were created painstakingly and meticulously by hand, one cube at a time. Few people are so dedicated to their craft.
The process for building a mosaic started on the computer. Pete used Adobe Photoshop to process images into black and white and then translates the shades of grey into the cube's iconic colors.
Each of the 'cubies' act like pixels on a sceen, the more pixels in a mosaic means the more resolution in the final image. A mosaic could take upwards of 30 hours to be ready for the production process.
As you can imagine, purchasing thousands of cubes wasn't exactly easy. Also take into account the shipping, customs, receiving, and a dozen other steps it took to get Rubik's Cubes ready for use in a mosaic and you'll know why these mosaics are so unique.
Buttonpresser Studios had years of experience in setting up all the little details that brought a mosaic from concept to completion.
When it comes to production, it took a certain breed. While solving a cube might seem like an impossible task, partially unsolving thousands of cubes, hours at a time, was the real trick.
Keeping track of progress and making sure every 'cubie' was correct required a constant vigil. Bringing mosaics to life is a feat of mental and physical fortitude.