Lecture by Evan Webb for the Len Lye Symposium, Sept 10 2011, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Abstract: Like many of Lye’s sculptures, Bell Wand is intended to be bigger in size and to perform both indoors and outdoors as a group. A prototype Bell Wand, in the process of being developed and reconstructed from the models, notes and drawings left by the artist, is discussed in the context of similar works and Lye’s ambition for his works to be realised at a monumental scale.
Evan Webb is an artist, educator and director of the Len Lye Foundation. He has overseen many installations of Lye’s work in New Zealand and overseas, as well as contributed to publications such as the Centre Pompidou exhibition catalogue, Len Lye. Webb has supervised the realization of many of Lye’s kinetic sculptures, such as Wind Wand, Universe, Storm King, Grass and Fire Bush.