Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Stars in New Plymouth

Coming to New Plymouth in New Zealand one rainy and grey day, for an event at the Govett-Brewster gallery, I was pleased to come upon this public sculpture nestled amongst the coastline. By the New Zealand artist Len Lye, the sculpture, known as Wind Wand, perches on the coast and bends inland, oscillating and riding the winds as they blow in from the ocean. Measuring 45 meters high the sculpture uses related ship-mast engineering technology to express its arc, and its flexibility, to allow the sculpture a soft form of kinetic actions. It was not until later in the evening, after the event and hanging outside the gallery waiting to venture forward into the night, that I further appreciated the work - as its transparent bulb at the top glowed a brilliant red, adding a crimson star to the darkness.

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