public art

Villareal’s ‘BUCKYBALL’ Gets Extension in Madison Square Park

BUCKYBALL by Leo Villareal. (Courtesy of James Ewing/Madison Square Park Conservancy).

BUCKYBALL by Leo Villareal. (Courtesy of James Ewing/Madison Square Park Conservancy).

Good news for fans of Leo Villareal’s BUCKYBALL: The glowing 30-foot sculpture will continue to illuminate Madison Square Park until Feb. 15, according to a press release from Mad. Sq. Art. The site-specific installation, composed of nearly 200 LED tubes forming two Carbon 60 molecules, opened on Oct. 25 of last year and was originally slated to go dark on Feb. 1. BUCKYBALL is just one of Mr. Villareal’s public art pieces employing light and color—he is also responsible for Hive, the hexagonal ceiling piece in the Bleeker Street subway station, and a forthcoming installation on the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Read more about the artist and his love of LED lights in the article that Anthony Haden-Guest penned for The Observer last year.

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