Three years ago, we covered the Ghostkube – paper engineer Erik Åberg’s origami-inspired creation made from wooden cubes of different shapes. Instead of using scraps of square paper though, the Ghostkube is composed of small, interlocking wooden cubes designed to move together in unison. The result is one “master” cube–a kinetic sculpture which can be rearranged in many ways yet still mimic the fluidity of a living object.

Fast forward to 2018 and Åberg has refined his design and has made it available to the public for the first time so you can create the mesmerizing cubical creations. The cubes are each created with six of the same piece with the ability to interlock with each other to create a variety of kinetic sculptures you see below and a Keystone cube should you want to lock your designs in place.

Ghostkube
Ghostkube
Ghostkube

Just like the prototype, the Ghostkube can be made to form a seemingly infinite number of shapes which when manipulated, make it move as smooth as an early morning coffee. The more small cubes there, the more shapes you can pull off with the Ghostkube.

Ghostkube
Ghostkube

With the number of cubes being relative to the design possibilities, Åberg created a new plastic system which allows you to connect more than one Ghostkube together. This makes it possible to build Ghostkube sculpts with an unlimited number of small cubes.

Ghostkube

The Ghostkube is currently live on Kickstarter and has already achieved its meager $2,207 goal (pushing toward $20k). Kit’s start at $50 and, if you decide to purchase one, Erik was kind enough to pass along an offer for a free Keystone block –
Just send an email to [email protected] with your backer number and “ULTRA” as the subject.

You can find more about this majestic moving cube on Kickstarter as well as on Erik Åberg’s Facebook page.

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Carlos wrestles gators, and by gators, we mean words. He also loves good design, good books, and good coffee.