From the plaque:
This illuminated sculpture, comprised of 4,500 LED nodes, is animated by custom software programmed by the artist to display over 16 million distinct colors. The lights, arranged along a series of pentagons and hexagons, dynamically shift and fade in both sequenced patterns and random order.
Inspired by the shape explored by futurist and inventor Buckminster Fuller, Buckyball features two nested, geodesic spheres. The spherical, soccer ball-like form of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes was discovered in a carbon molecule by scientists in 1985 and was coined the “Buckminsterfullerene” or “Buckyball” in homage to him.