Light Sculpture Merges Science and Art

“My goal is to use the building block of the hexagon to create a visual representation of the creative process at work. I believe through abstraction and light, it will be possible to communicate with students and teachers from a wide range of disciplines.”    

{Leo Villareal}

Renowned New York-based artist LEO VILLAREAL one of the world’s most prominent light sculptors whose colossal installations combine LED lights and encoded computer programming, was commissioned to create a work within the new Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) Building, Hexagonal Grid (OSU).

“This artwork is unique in its fusion of light, art, science and technology,” Villareal explained. The piece is a 71-foot-wide-by-9-foot-tall array illuminated by thousands of 1-inch LED nodes. Installed at the building’s main entrance, it can be viewed inside as well as outside through the building’s massive curved windows.

Villareal, who is widely known for his works such as The Bay Lights on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco and Multiverse in The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., has more than 25 years of experience in creating public sculptures that deeply integrate with their sites.

Of CBEC, Villareal said, “I am very inspired by Pelli Clarke Pelli’s architectural design and its deep and sensitive integration into the campus. Activating the lobby with a major light sculpture will bring life and energy to the space.”

The artwork was commissioned through Ohio’s Percent for Art program, which is directed by the Ohio Arts Council and provides funds for acquiring works of art for new or renovated public buildings in Ohio.