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New Monumental Light Sculpture by Leo Villareal

July 2, 2012

Leo Villareal’s Buckyball.

Artist Leo Villareal, subject of a recently concluded traveling exhibition, has created a new commission for display in New York’s Madison Square Park beginning October 25, 2012, according to Art Daily. Villareal’s Buckyball (above) is inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller,measures some 30-feet tall and is comprised of 180 LED tubes.  From the announcement:

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new, monumental sculpture by distinguished artist Leo Villareal. Largely inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller, Villareal’s BUCKYBALL will apply concepts of geometry and mathematical relationships within a towering 30-foot tall, illuminated sculpture. The site-specific work will remain on view daily from October 25, 2012 through February 2013 in Madison Square Park.

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.

Villareal’s work is in the permanent collections of prestigious museums including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Leo Villareal
Big Bang, 2008 (A.P., ed. 3)
LEDs, aluminum, custom software, and electrical hardware
59 x 59 x 8 inches
Courtesy Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, DC
Photograph by James Ewing Photography

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