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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the Len Lye sculpture on New Plymouth's waterfront. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Innovative New Zealand artist Len Lye has become better-known since his death in 1980. Technological advances have allowed more of the graceful and lively kinetic sculptures Lye designed to be built, including two public sculptures - the Wind Wand in New Plymouth and the Water Whirler in Wellington. Lye's collected works are housed at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth.

Leonard Charles Huia Lye,

Taranaki region: arts and heritage,

Len Lye bends a saw,

New Plymouth walkway,

Len Lye's film 'Colour box',

New Plymouth,

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number TXCDR1145 Tr 1).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Len Lye - Composing Motion - Roadside Stories