Far Out! Swirling Installation By Leo Villareal Pays Homage To Carl Sagan
November 22, 2012
“Leo Villareal: Cosmos” recreates the mystery of the skies.
Installation artist Leo Villareal has completed his homage to Carl Sagan, the former Cornell professor and astrophysicist who popularized astronomy and cosmology on his show, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Located on the ceiling of the Sherry and Joel Mallin Sculpture Court, Cosmos is prominently visible from the Cornell campus as well as from the city of Ithaca. The installation uses over 12,000 LEDs to create dynamic light displays. Read more!
Villareal developed many of the light patterns in his studio, though the skies over Ithaca also proved inspirational, with the movement of clouds and stars finding their way into the installation. Due to its size, Cosmos becomes truly immersive, pulling viewers into the night sky and continuing Sagan’s mission to bring science into popular culture.
Photo by James Ewing
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