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The Buckyball art installation in Madison Square Park is coming down today. Hopefully you got a chance to check out the 30-foot tall light structure by artist Leo Villareal in the shape of a ‘buckyball’, which is a spherical fullerene molecule with the formula C60. It was quite the light show through the heart of the winter. [Side bar: DID you love Buckyball or hate it? Read people’s comments and add your own.]

The sculpture was part of the Madison Square Conservancy’s groundbreaking Madison Square Art public art program. Each season you will find thought-provoking sculptures, structures, video and audio art throughout the park by the most prominent artists in the world including Antony Gormley, Jim Campbell, Richard Deacon, Tadashi Kawamata, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, William Wegman, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Jaume Plensa, and Sol LeWitt.

Next up is 1.4 Million feet of painted rope by New York-based artist Orly Genger. Read more about that at www.madparknews.com/art_and_music/1-4-million-feet-of-painted-rope-announced-as-spring-madison-square-park-art-installation. The commissioned work, Red, Yellow and Blue (referencing Barnett Newman’s Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue), will be in the Park this Spring and Summer, and then go on tour to deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Boston.

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