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.
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