“Buckyball” in Madison Square Park by Leo Villareal

June 3rd, 2014 | Space

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This geometric light sculpture was made by Leo Villareal using 180 LED tubes driven by custom software to emit random compositions of both color and speed. A word from the artist:

“The sequence’s opacity, speed and scale can all be manipulated through custom software. Ultimately, complex compositions are formed and then displayed in random order and for a random amount of time in the final artwork. The visual manifestation of the code in light is my core interest.”

The title, “Buckyball,” is in reference to the spherical fullerene molecule with the formula C60 (Carbon 60). The molecule is said to look like a soccer ball with twenty hexagons and twelve pentagons, containing a carbon atom at each vertex of each polygon and a bond along each polygon edge (the molecule got its name from the famous creator of the geodesic dome, Buckminster Fuller).

You can read about the interesting history of the Buckyball here.

Unfortunately, this light installation was taken down in February of 2013, so it will only live on in the internet.


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