Len Lye Centre- New Zealand’s “Temple of Art”
New Zealand got its first Museum of Contemporary Art, located in New Plymouth. The museum is adjacent to Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and it is entirely dedicated to a single artist, late filmmaker and a kinetic sculptor – Len Lye. The design of the building was the work of Patterson Architects Associates, New Zealand’s most recognised architectural firm. Lye’s opus, dominated by the use of steel and light tied to a strong connection between art and architecture inspired the team of architects in creating this so-called “Temple of art”. The impressive curved walls of stainless steel reflect Lye’s use of metal and reflections in his kinetic sculptures but also underlines the industrial innovation and development of the surrounding area. The contemporary interior combines beton floors and waving walls that intensify the futuristic form.
The museum exhibits Lye’s work in kinetic sculpture, film, painting, drawing, photography, batik, writing, etc. It also houses a cinema wich displays Len Lye’s film achievements, as well as international and experimental films and festival programming.
sources: contemporist.com arcitecturenow.co.nz suff.co.nz e-architect.co.uk