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The exhibit does not officially open for a week, but we got a first look at Buckyball in Madison Square Park last night. The 30-foot tall light structure by artist Leo Villareal is in the shape of a ‘buckyball’, which is a spherical fullerene molecule with the formula C60. There are two buckyballs (one inside the other) which can display different colorsproduced from 180 LED tubes each. Each tube can generate multiple different colors in patterns programmed by the artist.  Buckyball will be on display through February 2013.


The sculpture is 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.

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