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Len Lye: Stopped Short By Wonder

Celebrated around the world, many of the iconic kinetic sculpture works of Len Lye can trace their origin back to a moment in the artist’s Christchurch childhood. Kicking a kerosene can around the backyard on a sunny day, he was struck by a flash of light and clap of "thunder" that came from the empty can – an instant that would provide a lifetime’s worth of inspiration for much of his work.

Bursting with energy, his sculptures bang, crash, bounce, sway (as anyone who has stood under New Plymouth’s famous Lye-designed waterfront Wind Wand can attest to), rotate and swing – and in fact, before a visit to the Christchurch Art Gallery’s current Lye exhibition, you’ll want to check out the ‘performance’ schedule, as many of the works spring into life at certain times throughout gallery hours – you can catch the wobbling Blade, the frenetic Fire Bush, the marching Universe and the wavering Grass, among others.

The exhibition also showcases a number of Lye’s films, drawings, and paintings; you won’t want to miss this special collection from one of New Zealand’s most influential artists.

Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder
Christchurch Art Gallery, to Nov 26
www.christchurchartgallery.org.nz

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