The exterior of the Tampa Museum of Art features programmable LED lights, 45 feet high and 300 feet long, embedded within two-layers of perforated aluminum panels. In daylight, the museum’s façade creates a moiré-like pattern, and in darkness the LED light installation glows with Villarreal’s signature light-coded and hypnotic dance.
Sky (Tampa) showcases movement and light; a sequencing of patterns created by Villareal’s custom coded software that emerge as a whole and result in random templates of flash, fade, trail and color. The matrix of 144 four-foot light emitting diode illuminators and 28 Inablers display a visual language of non-repeating patterns.
Sky (Tampa) is on view every evening beginning at dusk and is part of the Museum’s permanent collection.
Villareal resides in New York, has been included in solo and group exhibitions, and made numerous site-specific commissions throughout the world, at major cultural institutions. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C recently purchased his work Multiverse, which is on view in the corridor that connects the museum’s East and West Wings. Other installations include: the Bay Bridge, San Francisco, CA; P.S.1 MoMA, Queens, NY; Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS. Born in Albuquerque, NM, in 1967, Villareal began experimenting with light, sound, and video while studying set design and sculpture at Yale University, where he received his BA. He earned his MPS in the design of new media, computational media, and embedded computing from New York University’s pioneering Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the Arts. For more information about Villareal and his work, visit www.villareal.net.
Photo credit for all building images: ©Richard Barnes
Sky (Tampa), 2010
Light emitting diodes, Mac Mini, circuitry, Custom software and aluminum
Tampa Museum of Art. Museum purchase. Additional funds provided by Friends of the Museum and the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Inc. in celebration of its 40th Anniversary. Support for the purchase of LED lights was made possible in part with funds from the City of Tampa’s Public Art Program 2010.001. © 2010 Leo Villareal. All rights reserved