• Len Lye

The first instalment of the Len Lye Foundation’s new annual series of large work projects, 'Wand Dance' is one of Len Lye’s most captivating projects. Engineered by the Len Lye Foundation with the support of Team Zizz!, this work brings the experience of Lye's large outdoor works into the Gallery for a thrilling kinetic experience.

Len Lye fans will be familiar with Lye’s 'Bell Wand' – a 3.4-metre tall dancing wand topped with a shimmering set of sleigh bells. Resembling a dancing figure, 'Bell Wand' was one of Lye's favourite works on account of the boisterous sounds it produced. This new 'Wand Dance' presents seven 'Bell Wands' swaying, shaking and shimmying in a group composition – a tell-tale sign of Lye's mind at work where bigger is often better. Walking among the seven wands, you will experience one of Lye's most absorbing projects, surrounded by his dancing figures as if inside a dance itself.

Curated by Paul Brobbel

Team Zizz! Spearheaded by the Len Lye Foundation, Team Zizz! is a community of donators passionate about the work of Len Lye and the value it adds to the Taranaki region. Through many generous donations to date, Team Zizz! has raised the money to fund three large, kinetic sculptures, to be displayed at the Len Lye Centre over the next three years. With Stage One of its fundraising vision complete, Team Zizz! now has a 10-year-plan to raise money to create a Len Lye walk in New Plymouth.

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  • New Plymouth