05/03/2013 10:36 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Visiting With Villareal, Part 1: A Conversation About Buckyball

Dero Sanford

Buckyball made its debut this week as the first temporary sculpture installation on Crystal Bridges' trails and grounds, mesmerizing viewers with its endless color variations. Leo Villareal, the visionary artist who created the work, spent several days here while programming and preparing Buckyball for its debut. During his visit, we sat down to talk about a wide range of topics related to Buckyball. Listen in as Leo and I discuss the work, and his use of light as a medium for art-making,



"A visual manifestation of code is really what I'm going after" - Artist Leo Villareal

"I started working with geometry. I was interested in the hexagon and made many different pieces using that form. (Buckyball) was particularly intriguing in that it combined hexagons and pentagons, and the other practical consideration was that all the struts are equal length. So this caught my attention. Over time my work has become more dimensional... instead of being on the wall dealing with X and Y, I'm starting to deal with Z and pull things out, dealing with space..."


(Leo Villareal during a public lecture at Crystal Bridges; photo by Dero Sanford.)

Join us next week for part 2 of our conversation, delving into what led Leo to create Buckyball.

Take a look at Buckyball's debut at Crystal Bridges.