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California Pulls Portal Prank on New York

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In Manhattan's Greenwich Village neighborhood sits Alamo, a giant cube sculpture by Tony Rosenthal which dates back to 1967. The artwork, a.ka. the Cube, lives not far from New York University, The New School, and few other landmarks. It's been in music videos by Cypress Hill and other groups and has been the subject of a few pranks, including one that turned it into a giant Rubik's Cube.

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This morning, the latest stunt involving Alamo turned it into the Weighted Companion Cube from Valve's popular Portal games. Oversized swaths of fabric covered one of the city's most famous sculptures in the beloved inanimate object's signature hearts-and-squares. A note from the Caltech Prank Club claims responsibility in the distinctive language of Portal's Aperture Science corporation. Sadly, there wasn't any cake to celebrate the occasion.

The Cube has a sweater been turned into a Weighted Companion Cube* this morning [Welcome to the Funhouse]

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Illustration for article titled California Pulls emPortal/em Prank on New York
Illustration for article titled California Pulls emPortal/em Prank on New York
Illustration for article titled California Pulls emPortal/em Prank on New York

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FrankieViturello
FrankieViturello

Hah! Nice.

I used to hang out with the punks, skaters and slackers by The Rosenthal Cube in the mid 90s, before that area of Greenwich had any significant urban beautification and it was pretty heavily graffiti'ed.

They plucked it out of its spot for a good year sometime in the late 90s/early 2000s cleaned it as well as the surrounding area up, and replaced it shortly after.

This is as "cool" as The Cube has looked since that time.

I still love the occasional trip to St. Marks Place, sorry I missed seeing this live.