• Len Lye

Click HERE for a video of the work in motion.

Extended until April 2021 by popular demand.

Sky Snake is a dancing kinetic sculpture, from the Len Lye Foundation and Team Zizz. A rotating, spinning chain creates harmonic wave patterns or figures familiar to Lye's other works, and traveling waves that move up and down the chain. A brass ball at the bottom end of the chain represents the head of a snake.

The are two versions of Sky Snake - one is a single Snake, shown at the Albright Knox Gallery in 1965, and recently reconstructed for the Museum Tinguely exhibition in Basel, Len Lye - Motion Composer. This single Sky Snake is exhibited closer to the floor than the version at the Len Lye Centre, which has seven higher Snakes in accordance to Lye's instructions.

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  • New Plymouth