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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.

The reflection of the water whirler sculpture, in the water lying on the deck

The view across Wellington Harbour from Lyn Lye's Water Whirler sculpture to Te Papa. The reflection of Te papa is in the water on the platform of the sculpture.

Taken at the opening of the water whirler on Wellington's waterfront. It was a VERY windy evening!

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

Sculpture:...Water Whirler

Artist:...........Len Lye

Material:......Steel, Water

Date:............2005 (posthumous)

Location:.....Frank Kitts Park

 

Water Whirler 'plays' in 12 minute cycles, on the hour at 10a.m, 11a.m, 12 noon, 1p.m and 3p.m; and again at 6p.m, 8p.m, 9p.m and 10p.m. It operates in winds of up to 20 knots. Using a computer, the twelve meter pole on the pier shoots rhythmic jets of water creating patterns in the air and on the sea. When not working, the piece is simply a static pole.

There is more information at Wellington Sculpture Trust.

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

 

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

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

Viewed from a different direction and using a different time exposure setting the water whirler shows different colours and patterns against Wellington's wharves.

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.

Len Lye's Water Whirler on Wellington Waterfront always attracts some attention.

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

The reflection of the city in the water lying on the deck, of the water whirler sculpture

the waterwhirler whirling and the Bluebridge ferry

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.

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