The Madison Square Park Convservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art Program will exhibit BUCKYBALL, a 30-foot-tall, illuminated sculpture of geometry and mathematical relationships, inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller.
Two geodesic sculptural spheres made from 180 LED tubes will compose a series of pentagons and hexagons, known as “fullerenes.” Pixels located every 1.2 inches along the tubes are capable of displaying 16 million colors and will be tuned to sequences of the artist’s determination to trigger neurological impulses of the brain that correspond with pattern identification and gathering meaning from the external environment. Simple elements are built into a full-scale sculptural installation that moves, changes, and interacts to create a dynamic form that examines acquisitions of space, time, and sensorial pleasure.
“My new light sculpture takes the form of a Carbon 60 molecule and expands it to monumental scale,” Villareal says. “It also explores self-similarity through the use of two identical nested spheres, the outer at 20 feet in diameter and the inner at 10 feet. Lined with LED tubes, these structures are activated through sequenced light driven by custom software. This public artwork reinterprets many of the traditional elements found in the park such as seating and historic monuments in a fresh and exciting way.”
Zero-gravity couches constructed from wooden slats will be peppered throughout the park for viewers to recline below the installation. BUCKYBALL will be on view through February 1, 2013.
For more information, visit madisonsquarepark.org.