Sometimes, the kindness and compassion of our kids blow us away. Take Eli Lewis, a Melbourne student who has created a mind-blowing piece of artwork using more than 2,000 Rubik’s Cubes.

Why? To share a message of peace this Christmas.

A powerful message of peace in a puzzle 

Have you ever tried to solve a Rubik’s Cube? I have, and, let me tell ya, if you don’t have a brain for puzzles, it’s probably not going to end well. My son’s Rubik’s Cube now lives in the bin because mummy couldn’t figure out the darned thing.

15-year-old Eli clearly has better luck with Rubik’s Cubes than I do. He has managed to solve an insanely impressive number of Rubik’s Cubes AND design them into a giant mosaic of an African child soldier.

And we’ve got the entire process in a one-minute time-lapse video to prove it.

 

Eli completed the artwork as part of a project called Create to Advocate conceived by his school, Donvale Christian College, in Melbourne’s east.  He created the piece after reading about the experiences of child soldiers in Africa.

I feel all children should be able to grow up safely. I feel so bad, that people the same age as me are living lives destroyed by war. When people read or watch the news and hear about war and violence, we should be thinking what children, families, mothers and people are affected, how thousands of people’s lives will never be the same, not just about how that affects us.”

How did he do it? 

Lots and lots of Rubik’s cubes!! 2,218 to be exact. He then created the pixilation of the soldier using an online program but had to modify it significantly to create the final product.

Eli estimates it took him 30 to 40 hours to complete the work which will go on display at the World Vision office in Burwood East. Thousands of others have made a similar Peace on Earth Pledge. You can find out more about it through www.worldvision.com.au/peacepledge

What an incredible young man and a beautiful gesture of peace.

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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