Experience Buckyball, a towering 25-foot illuminated sculpture that features two nested, geodesic spheres. Inspired by the shape explored by futurist and inventor Buckminster Fuller, Buckyball is the creation of New York–based artist Leo Villareal, celebrated in San Francisco for his monumental public sculpture The Bay Lights.
Comprised of 4,500 LED nodes arranged along a series of pentagons and hexagons, Buckyball is animated by custom software programmed by Villareal to display over 16 million distinct colors. The lights dynamically shift and fade in both sequenced patterns and random order, generating vibrant hues that will enliven the Exploratorium’s public space in both daylight and moonlight.
The product creatively integrates a dual USB power adapter with a night
light, making it an unexpectedly multi-functional gadget. Just plug it
in a wall outlet and enjoy its convenience for charging two device
simultaneously and soothing warm light automatically emitted in
darkness. Don’t forget that you can also light it on or off manually by
repositioning the switch.