“My new light sculpture takes the form of a Carbon 60 molecule and expands it to monumental scale.” —Leo Villareal
Homage to Buckminsterfullerene — a new sculpture scheduled for display at Madison Square Park from October 25, 2012 to February 1, 2013:
A commission of the Mad. Sq. Art program, Villareal’s BUCKYBALL will feature two nested, geodesic sculptural spheres comprised of 180 LED tubes arranged in a series of pentagons and hexagons, known as a “Fullerene,” referring to the form’s discovery by Buckminster Fuller. Individual pixels located every 1.2 inches along the tubes are each capable of displaying 16 million distinct colors and will be specifically tuned by the artist’s own software, creating a subtle and sophisticated palette to enliven the Park. Relying on LED technologies driven by chance, BUCKYBALL’s light sequences will create exuberant, random compositions of varied speed, color, opacity, and scale. BUCKYBALL will trigger neurological processes within the brain, calling on our natural impulse to identify patterns and gather meaning from our external environment.
Credit: Rendering of BUCKYBALL courtesy of Leo Villareal.