Gallery: Leo Villareal’s Giant LED BUCKYBALL Lights Up the Night at Mad...

The Flatiron Building is currently taking a break from being the most photographed attraction at the intersection of 23rd St. and Broadway now that Leo Villareal's pulsing, 30-foot-tall "BUCKYBALL" orb sculpture is finally up and glowing. The massive network of 180 illuminated LED tubes looks a bit like those expanding Hoberman spheres we used to play with as kids, but is actually meant to resemble a duo of nested fullerene molecules (otherwise known as buckyballs). If you'd like to experience this new public toy for yourself, it will be opening tonight at Madison Square Park, but until then, feel free to peruse our photos.

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