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.
It’s not unusual for an artist to make good work in very different necks of the cultural landscape—hello, Julian Schnabel—but few do so in areas so mutually inclined to diss each other as Leo Villareal. A rangy New Yorker in his mid-40s whose primary art material is light, Mr. Villareal is on the one hand a well-regarded gallery artist, currently engaged on pieces for Madison Square Park, the Bleecker Street subway stop, the Johnson Museum at Cornell University, and—the whopper—a monumental piece to be installed upon a mile-and-a-half stretch of San Francisco’s Bay Bridge.