Len Lye Centre set to open this weekend

Published on : Sunday, July 26, 2015

unnamed (3)New Zealand is about to open the doors to its first and only museum of contemporary art. The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, with its curved exterior walls of mirror-like stainless steel, will be the country’s first example of destination architecture linked to contemporary art.

 

The exterior creates different reflections during each day and season, and a plaza around the building to showcase these light reflections is due to be installed early next yearThe latest addition to the Govett-Brewster – the Len Lye Centre – is New Zealand’s first institution dedicated to a single artist, the pioneering filmmaker and kinetic sculptor, Len Lye. Set in the coastal city of New Plymouth, overlooked by the majestic Mount Taranaki on the west coast of the North Island, the centre is set to open on 25 July, 2015.

 

Len Lye Centre

The Len Lye Centre building, adjoining the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, is an example of innovative thinking in both engineering and architecture. The external stainless steel façade echoes the artist’s use of the metal in many of his kinetic sculptures, and the futuristic style of the building acts as a counterfoil to the neighbouring Govett-Brewster’s more traditional lines.The architects are Pattersons, one of New Zealand’s most internationally recognised architectural firms.

 

A temple for art, the space creates a sensory experience of light that Len’s legacy inspires.
The new building will feature Lye’s work in kinetic sculpture, film, painting, drawing, photography, batik and writing, as well as related work by contemporary and historical artists. It also houses a state-of-the-art 62-seat cinema – a welcoming environment for audiences to experience Len Lye’s films, local and international cinema, arthouse and experimental films, and regular film festival programming.

 

Source:-New Zealand Tourism

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