Exhibition

Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder

5 August – 26 November 2017

An exhibition inspired by a flash of light and a thunderclap.

As a small boy growing up in Christchurch, Len Lye kicked a kerosene can around the backyard on a sunny day. The flash of light and clap of thunder that came from the empty can would provide inspiration for the rest of his life’s work. This revelatory moment—when surprise gave way to discovery—shaped an artistic career that took him to Samoa, London, New York and Mallorca. Bursting with irrepressible energy, Len Lye’s sculptures bang, crash, bounce, sway, rotate and swing. The exhibition shows major sculptural works alongside Lye’s films, drawings and paintings.

Len Lye’s sculptures perform regularly during the day. You can download the current schedule here.

Blade performs at 12.30pm each weekday, with an additional performance at 7.25pm on Wednesday evenings. It performs at 12.30 and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

With the support of the Len Lye Foundation, New Plymouth.

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