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Len Lye's water whirler sculpture creates interesting patterns against the night sky on Wellington waterfront.

Slipping into Wellington Harbour at dawn, moments before the sky turned into a blaze of red.

Len Lye's Water Whirler on Wellington Waterfront in full swing.

More details on Len Lye's great 'Water Whirler' kinetic sculpture here.

 

More pictures of this to come at some point...

Len Lye's Water Whirler

Len Lye's Water Whirler

Len Lye's sculpture whirling on the waterfront. And here's an earlier shot taken when the bung at the top of the pole was missing, which resulted in a different pattern: www.flickr.com/photos/41989919@N02/4600505567/in/set-7215...

 

Len Lye's Water Whirler

With the moon behind it, this bizarre sculpture in the waterfront Frank Kitt's Park ceases, for about eleven minutes after the hour, to be merely a thin vertcal pole and becomes an object of ridiculously humourous appeal as it sprays out jets of water and whirls around madly in a way that makes you grin stupidly for no reason at all :)

At last the elements came together: a calm evening, an operational water whirler, and the chance to take the camera out to capture the scene.

 

Wellington, New Zealand. 2 July 2009. Digital.

The lights of Mt Victoria and Oriental Bay reflected in Len Lye's sculpture on Wellington's waterfront.

I don't recall having previously experienced a sunset with great colours in the sky, while simultaneously seeing a full moon rising. Very cool.

 

Wellington, 20 February 2008. Digital, colour.

Water Whirler is an extraordinary artwork conceived by Len Lye. Its performance begins with the wand quivering from side to side, and as the motion intensifies it waves around in a swirling, animated dance generated by its own kinetic energy.

Water Whirler is an extraordinary artwork conceived by Len Lye. Its performance begins with the wand quivering from side to side, and as the motion intensifies it waves around in a swirling, animated dance generated by its own kinetic energy.

Wellington Harbour. This makes great patterns in the air and on the surface of the water as the wand turns and whips in a continuously varying pattern

More details on Len Lye's great 'Water Whirler' kinetic sculpture here.

 

More pictures of this to come at some point...

Water Whirler is an extraordinary artwork conceived by Len Lye. Its performance begins with the wand quivering from side to side, and as the motion intensifies it waves around in a swirling, animated dance generated by its own kinetic energy.

How can anyone hate the Waterwhirler? So I took a photo of her with it, just to spite her!

Water Whirler is an extraordinary artwork conceived by Len Lye. Its performance begins with the wand quivering from side to side, and as the motion intensifies it waves around in a swirling, animated dance generated by its own kinetic energy.

Wellington is known for it's many modern sculptures but over the last few years I've never seen Len Lye's Water Whirler in action until now.

Len Lye's "Water Whirler Launched 7/3/06

The lights of Mt Victoria and Oriental Bay reflected in Len Lye's sculpture on Wellington's waterfront.

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