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THE BUCKYBALL > BY LEO VILLAREAL

Sunday, January 13, 2013 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 6:00 PM




A great piece of Art that has brought me several times to Madison Square Park, Leo Villareal's BUCKYBALL is inspired but the work of Buckminster Fuller and will be on display until February 1, 2013. You can sit and contemplate as the sculpture changes colors, intensity and patterns surrounded by some of the most iconic buildings in New York and inside one of my favorites places in town. 


Madison Square Park has positioned itself as a platform to exhibit some of the most provocative and inspired works of contemporary art. This time is New Mexico's Leo Villareal and his Buckyball. Stop by and enjoy! (All pictures by Alex Guerrero ®2012)
Here is a video as well for a closer experience or follow this link to see it on TespisTV > Buckyball video.

 

You can see the slideshow below or follow this link for more pictures > Buckyball.

More about the piece: Villareal's BUCKYBALL applies concepts of geometry and mathematical relationships within a towering 30-foot tall, illuminated sculpture. A commission of the Mad. Sq. Art program, Villareal's BUCKYBALL features 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.


Through basic elements such as pixels and binary codes, Villareal allows for a better understanding of the underlying structures and systems that govern everyday function. As he builds these simple elements into a full-scale sculptural installation that moves, changes, and interacts, this work ultimately grows into a complex, dynamic form that questions common notions of space, time, and sensorial pleasure.

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