Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
5 May 2021
Interests The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealand's premier contemporary art museum and home to the collection of modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye. Admission is free.
Engineered by the Len Lye Foundation with the support of Team Zizz!, Bell Wands 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.
The recently reconstructed 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.