Goodbye to BUCKYBALL
Since BUCKYBALL‘s first sparks of color illuminated the Flatiron District last October, it has spurred a variety of reactions: delight, intrigue, bewilderment – and pure wonder.
Amidst hurricane, snowstorm, rain, and other unrelenting natural elements, Leo Villareal’s BUCKYBALL has remained a bright, jewel-like beacon in the heart of Madison Square Park. Complemented by the cacophony of city life, the 30-foot monumental structure has been a silent yet mesmerizing presence that has touched visitors – and the Mad. Sq. Park staff – in so many distinct ways. From our fall and winter Family Art Workshops and a celebration of the Winter Solstice, BUCKYBALL has inspired visitors of all ages and backgrounds, bringing together people of distinct disciplines. It was a common sight for lovers of the arts, design, science, technology, and mathematics to sit side-by-side on the zero-gravity benches that encircled the sculpture’s base. BUCKYBALL has also been warmly received by a wide range of press, local residents, and international visitors alike. Photographs and videos of BUCKYBALL have saturated social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, forever capturing the beautifully fleeting quality of Villareal’s random and unique light compositions.
Thank you to all of the wonderful park visitors who have welcomed BUCKYBALL into their daily lives each day. From providing entertainment while enjoying a Shake Shack burger to catching a glimpse of the work’s colorful light sequences while rushing to work or the subway, we hope that BUCKYBALL has given park visitors room for pause and contemplation. Your support and enthusiasm is what makes the exhibition and the Mad. Sq. Art program such a success. As we prepare to bid goodbye this weekend to one of Mad. Sq. Art’s most memorable exhibitions, we hope that BUCKYBALL has become a part of the collective memory of New York’s urban landscape this winter.
Photo Credit: James Ewing Photography.
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