Len Lye's <em>Witch Dance</em> kinetic sculpture has common elements with <em>Wand Dance</em>

Len Lye's Witch Dance kinetic sculpture has common elements with Wand Dance

Wand Dance

  • Sat 12 Jan 2019
  • 11AM—12PM
  • Gallery 5
  • Free
  • Donations appreciated

Join Senior Curator Paul Brobbel for a tour of the Len Lye Foundation’s new annual series of large kinetic works.

The first instalment of the Len Lye Foundation’s new annual series of large kinetic works, Wand Dance is one of Lye’s most captivating projects.

Engineered by the Len Lye Foundation with the support of Team Zizz!, this work 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. This new Wand Dance presents seven Bell Wands swaying, shaking and shimmying in a group composition – a telltale 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. 

Len Lye's <em>Bell Wand</em>. Photo Bryan James

Len Lye's Bell Wand. Photo Bryan James

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