Westward, Villareal will transform the San Francisco Bay Bridge with an interactive glistening display if The Bay Lights has any say in the matter. Monies are now being raised to fund the effort, which they plan to have in place in early 2013 and maintain for two years. The organization’s site has a fuller explanation of the project, and news of the progress can be followed on their Facebook page or by following their Twitter stream. We at Global Lighting wish them success in lighting up the iconic span crossing one of the world’s most beautiful bays.
And if you’re a tourist in New York before February 1, 2013, visit Madison Square Park, at West 26th Street in Manhattan, to see Villareal’s BUCKYBALL, two nested geodesic sculptural spheres made up of 180 LED tubes arranged in a series of pentagons and hexagons, a surprisingly contemporary sculpture created from a traditional craft. Known as a “Fullerene,” which refers to the form discovered by Buckminster Fuller, individual pixels are located every 1.2 inches along the tubes, which are capable of displaying 16 million distinct colors. Villareal controls the hues with his own software. Now do you agree with me that this artist is indeed light’s muse? I thought so!