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Charles Long art comes down in Madison Square Park

The whimsical art installation by California sculptor Charles Long in Madison Square Park has been taken down, after being up since May. The hawk may not be happy about the loss of his makeshift hunting perch.

But next up we have another interesting art project in Madison Square Park, a 30-foot tall light structure by artist Leo Villareal called Buckyball. The structure will be in the shape of a ‘buckyball’, which is a spherical fullerene molecule with the formula C60. It will actually have two buckyballs (one inside the other), in different colors produced from 180 LED tubes each. Each tube will itself be able to generate multiple different colors in patterns programmed by the artist. See an artist rendering of Buckyball in Madison Square Park here.

Buckyball will be on display from October 25, 2012 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.

Installation by California sculptor Charles Long in Madison Square Park starts May 2nd

We have more info on the upcoming art installation by California sculptor Charles Long in Madison Square Park. The installation is called Pet Sounds and will be up from May 2nd through September 9th 2012, featuring a series of brightly colored amorphous pipe railings which make sounds when touched.

Long told the Conservancy ““My re-occurring interest in the uncanny over many years is in full effect here in the Pet Sounds project where something as familiar and literally grounding as a handrail morphs into an unnamable blob that has a very physical presence with some power to dialog with the viewer’s own somatic sense. As one pets the blobs, a wide range of sounds are triggered and are coming from within the bodies of the forms. The sounds and the sculptural forms connect to the physicality of the viewer and by extension to those of others that are touching the work. I wanted the work to be as visually affecting to park visitors as it is a physical and aural experience for them.”

You can see a selection of Long’s other work at http://www.tanyabonakdargallery.com (521 West 21st Street). Charles Long was also part of the Whitney’s 2008 and 1997 biennials.

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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