Leo Villareal is a sculptor who uses light as his medium. Through the technology of LED (light emitting diode) bulbs and computer software that Villareal designed, the artist creates ever-changing displays of moving light and color. Named in honor of theorist and engineer Buckminster Fuller, Buckyball features two nested geometric spheres that take the shape of a Carbon 60 molecule. The structure is covered in LED tubes capable of producing 16 million distinct colors.
Leo Villareal’s sculpture, Buckyball, is illuminated from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. The light display changes from the white-light daytime sequence to a vibrantly colored evening sequence shortly after dark.
Aluminum tubing clad with LED lights atop aluminum plinth
30 ft. x 144 in. x 144 in. (914.4 x 365.8 x 365.8 cm)
loaned courtesy of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Gering & Lopez Gallery, and Leo Villareal