“Cosmic Bloom” is the second NFT collection in Leo Villareal’s “Cosmologies” series. The 1,300 unique digital artworks in the collection are produced using custom live code and are inspired by organic and biological structures, stellar phenomena and atomic patterns. They feature intricate geometric forms that are layered and multiplied, creating captivating patterns set in constant, non-repeating motion.
“Cosmic Bloom” draws on the artist’s longstanding practice of using code to generate complex visual sequences in his light sculptures. The collection was released in December 2022 on Outland, the first editorial platform dedicated to fostering critical conversations around emerging digital technologies and their connections to contemporary art.
The NFT will be displayed on the 70-foot-wide high-resolution display on the south wall of the MIX Center. The MIX Center, which opened in the fall of 2022, is one of the first media production facilities of its type. The state-of-the-art facility in downtown Mesa was created for film, media arts, design and emerging technology programs in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and was designed to be fully embedded in the surrounding community as a hive of cultural exchange and public programming and events.
Image credit: Leo Villareal, “Cosmic Bloom #872,” (2022), ERC-721 NFT