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Len Lye: Wand Dance

17 Apr 2021 to 14 Nov 2021
10 - 5pm Saturday 17 April - Sunday 14 November
One of Len Lye’s most captivating projects returns.
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Visitors $15, Seniors $10, NP Residents $0
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
42 Queen Street New Plymouth, 4310 Aotearoa New Zealand


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.

About 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 enough money to create a Len Lye walk in New Plymouth.

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Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

12 Oct 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.