Monday, April 11, 2016


A spur of the moment decision to spend the weekend in New Plymouth - a small city famous for a mountain, Mt Taranaki (apparently one of the most symmetrical volcanoes in the world) and an art gallery - the Len Lye Centre. Both can be a little hard to see. The mountain hides behind cloud a lot  of the time. We were lucky and got a glimpse from the road near Stratford. And the gallery - unfortunately most of it was closed due to "exhibition changeover". But the gallery building itself with its distorted reflections and everything moving in multiples is a fantastic and appropriate tribute to Len Lye who was a maker of experimental films and kinetic sculpture.
Actually, there is a third thing New Plymouth is famous for, the Wind Wand - a Len Lye sculpture down on the coastal walkway. The wand is red, 45m high and sways in the wind. It's simple, graceful, strange.
I hope your weekend was also a good one.

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