A to Z – 2023 – X is for the EXploratorium where you will see Buckyball

I am glad that this installation is located outside of the EXploratorium since X is usually one of the hardest letters to find in the A to Z Challenge.

Buckyball is another one of Leo Villareal’s designs. You may remember him from the Point Cloud post. It was made part of the Illuminate SF project in 2012. The giant ball was inspired by the shape first explored by futurist and inventor, Buckminster Fuller. Hence the name “Buckyball.” There are 4,500 LED lights arranged in a series of pentagons and hexagons. I didn’t get a daytime photo but it was pretty impressive at night. You can see by the clock it was about 7:55 PM.

Located on the Embarcadero, it is easy to find and there was a space available for me to pull over and get this short video. You can hear the busy street sounds in the background. The light sequences are driven by chance and there are more than 16 million distinct colors that create random compositions.

I probably could have stayed a little longer but this was one of the first trips I took on my light finding expedition and I wanted to make sure I could get to every stop on my list.

Best Viewing: The Plaza at Pier 15 in front of the Exploratorium. On Thursday nights the Exploratorium opens from 6 to 10 PM for adults only. That might be a great date night!

We only have 2 more letters to go folks. I am both relieved and a little sad to be coming to the end of the alphabet. See you tomorrow with Y.

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13 Responses to A to Z – 2023 – X is for the EXploratorium where you will see Buckyball

  1. It reminds me of neurons connecting with each other. Cool.
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  3. By the time we reach X snd Z we all take a little extra emphasis on the letters. Love the lights! One more to go!!!

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  4. DB McNicol says:

    How cool is that!!!

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  5. Tamara says:

    Very cool, the Buckyball! I wonder if it looks the same around Christmas?

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  6. LA says:

    This was awesome!

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  7. joyweesemoll says:

    EXploratorium is a good solution for X. When I was a young programmer working in computer graphics in the 1980s, we used Buckyballs to test that our three dimensions were working as expected.

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