Homage to Lennon - with a twist

It took 224 Rubik's Cubes and a month of twisting and turning for artist Keith Lewis to form the face of John Lennon using the iconic puzzle.

"Towards the end I was getting better and faster at putting the colours in the right places," said Lewis, 37, of Papamoa.

The pop-art will be among about 20 pieces from Bay and national artists on display today at Hayley Brown Gallery in Tauranga.

Included in the collection is a Bill Hammond signed lithograph. The recent sale of an original Hammond piece made him the country's highest-selling living artist at auction.

The exhibition will be the first time Lewis, who has been a practising artist for only the past 18 months, will exhibit his Rubik's Cube art - a style he plans to continue in his next few pieces.

"I've ordered in about 500 cubes," said Lewis, who started playing with the puzzle when he was 8.

Creating the 19kg Lennon piece took hours of meticulous work hand-turning each cube and then sticking them together with industrial glue.

Hayley Brown - owner of the Grey St gallery - will also have some of her own works on display.

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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