11 FEB 2016

A visit to the Len Lye Centre – New Plymouth

Len Lye: The Art of Movement


Words and Photography by Dan Eagle

Over the long weekend we finally made the pilgrimage down to New Plymouth to visit the newly opened Len Lye Centre. It was a stunning weekend with a cloudless sky but on arrival our eyes were firmly planted on the mirrored stainless steel exterior of one of the most innovative buildings we have seen. Architect Andrew Patterson's gleaming masterpiece is a bold tribute to one of New Zealand's most original and memorable artists. Check out our photos below.

For anyone that hasn't heard of Len Lye, it's hard to do this artistic genius justice in a couple of sentences ...or pages. Here's an introduction from the Govett Brewster Gallery - "Len Lye is arguably one of the twentieth century’s most original artists; a one-man art movement spanning several countries and multiple media over a lifetime and beyond. As a New Zealander practising in London during the pre-war years, and then a key figure in the post-war New York avant-garde art scene, Lye mapped a unique course through Modernism.

The mirrored exterior playfully engages with its surroundings.

Exterior closeup.

Every detail of the building is crafted to perfection.

A simple cast concrete interior

Interior bridges connect to the Govett Brewster Gallery

Large Works

Large Kinetic Works in the Lower Gallery

A view of the Upper Gallery

A Kinetic Sculpture

A view from the Govett Brewster Gallery


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