Len Lye <em>Wand Dance</em> sketch, c 1960s. Len Lye Foundation archive, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Len Lye Wand Dance sketch, c 1960s. Len Lye Foundation archive, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery


1 Dec 2018 — 18 Mar 2019

Wand Dance

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

Curated by Paul Brobbel


Team Zizz Len Lye Foundation

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 tell-tale 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.

About Team Zizz
Spearheaded by the Len Lye Foundation, Team Zizz is a community of donators passionate about the work of Len Lye and the value it adds to the Taranaki region. Through many generous donations to date, Team Zizz has raised the money to fund three large, kinetic sculptures, to be displayed at the Len Lye Centre over the next three years.
With Stage One of its fundraising vision complete, Team Zizz now has a 10-year-plan to raise enough money to create a Len Lye walk in New Plymouth.