Buckyball, 2015


LEDs, custom software, electrical hardware, base

29.00 x 19.75 x 19.75 in

73.7 x 50.2 x 50.2 cm

Edition of 8

About The Work

Buckyball is a light sculpture composed of 180 custom-made LED microtubes arranged in a series of pentagons and hexagons. The artwork takes on the form of a 'fullerene', discovered by nanotechnologists at Rice University in the 80's and named after Buckminster Fuller, the American systems theorist and architect. Domestic in size and housed indoors, this work is similar in design to the monumental light sculpture the artist presented in Madison Square Park in 2012-13, and shares elements familiar to the artist's work: software programs that sequence light patterns in an infinite combination and with the possibility of realizing 16 million distinct colors, evolving randomly and changing constantly. 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 the artist 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.

Courtesy of Sandra Gering Inc

About Leo Villareal

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