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Lawns Closed Today
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Madison Square Park Conservancy is responsible for the maintenance of the park’s lawns, which includes closing the lawns each year from October through May for reseeding. With the heightened need for public space, the Conservancy has kept the lawns open throughout the pandemic. For the month of April, all lawns will be closed to reestablish the grass in time for summer.

Leo Villareal: Buckyball

Buckyball 6
Past Exhibition

Leo Villareal: Buckyball

October 25, 2012 – 25, 2013
Past Exhibition

Leo Villareal: Buckyball

October 25, 2012 – 25, 2013
Buckyball 6
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Leo Villareal’s Buckyball, inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller, applies fundamental concepts of geometry to a thirty-foot-tall illuminated sculpture. Buckyball includes two nested, geodesic sculptural spheres comprised of 180 LED tubes arranged in a series of pentagons and hexagons, known as a “Fullerene.” Pixels, located every 1.2 inches along the tubes, are each capable of displaying 16 million distinct colors and are programmed by the artist’s own software. Relying on LED technologies driven by chance, Buckyball‘s light sequences create exuberant, random compositions of varied speed, color, opacity, and scale. These configurations prompt the human impulse to identify patterns and gather meaning from our external environment. Villareal’s light sculpture is surrounded by zero-gravity couches that allow viewers to recline below the artwork. Villareal came of age as an artist when light-based works by Mary Corse, Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin and James Turrell were recognized and lauded. As well, he was a student during the first generation of home computers, inspiring his expertise in tech-based work.

Leo Villareal’s Buckyball, inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller, applies fundamental concepts of geometry to a thirty-foot-tall illuminated sculpture. Buckyball includes two nested, geodesic sculptural spheres comprised of 180 LED tubes arranged in a series of pentagons and hexagons, known as a “Fullerene.” Pixels, located every 1.2 inches along the tubes, are each capable of displaying 16 million distinct colors and are programmed by the artist’s own software. Relying on LED technologies driven by chance, Buckyball‘s light sequences create exuberant, random compositions of varied speed, color, opacity, and scale. These configurations prompt the human impulse to identify patterns and gather meaning from our external environment. Villareal’s light sculpture is surrounded by zero-gravity couches that allow viewers to recline below the artwork. Villareal came of age as an artist when light-based works by Mary Corse, Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin and James Turrell were recognized and lauded. As well, he was a student during the first generation of home computers, inspiring his expertise in tech-based work.

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