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    Posted November 14, 2012 by
    new york city, New York
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    Science meets Art


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Passing by it every day on her commute to work, marjfz captured this photo of an art installation called "Buckyball" designed by artist Leo Villareal. Composed with LED tubes, the installation is displayed in New York's Madison Square Park, where the light sequences emit pulses of colorful patterns for passer byers. "It's hard to miss, especially at night because it provides quite the light show. The various tubes that make up the spheres change colors and darken to some kind of rhythmic pattern," she says. "It's also surrounded by wooden lounge type benches, allowing viewers to sit and watch. At first sight it really didn't occur to me that this was modeled off anything in particular, but the more I learned, the more I realized the influence of science in both the design and the functioning of this installation."

    The sculpture will remain in view through February 1, 2013.
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    Everyday walking to and from work, I pass by Madison Square Park. I can't help but notice this neon looking molecular structure that also provides a mesmerizing light show, especially at night. With a little help from google, I discovered it is an installation by the artist Leo Villareal called BUCKYBALL. As it turns out a buckyball is a microscopic sphere, with 60 carbon atoms arranged with alternating patterns of hexagons and pentagons.  The named is derived from their resemblance to the geodesic domes of the architect Buckminster Fuller.


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