There’s an awesome piece of sculpture/art down by the New Plymouth waterfront, called the Wind Wand. It’s this incredibly tall fibreglass tube with a ball at the top, which bends and moves in the wind – so the foreshore is definitely the right place for it! Created by Len Lye, who is well known for his kinetic structures as well as his films, I knew that when Hylas and I were visiting Taranaki we’d have to get some pictures down by it.
It doesn’t look all that exciting when all you can see is the base – and the base about twice as tall as I am (click for the full base size, plus some mightily cold breasts). But it’s positioned partway along the coastal walkway, with many pedestrians coming and going. Finding a moment to divest myself of layers of clothing was most challenging, not least because of the waves breaking over rocks just metres away!
The view I had looking up was quite incredible – but I scurried back into my clothes as Hylas went further and further away to try and get both me and the entire sculpture into shot. He managed it finally (click to see), which meant we could move briskly away and warm ourselves up again in the shops nearby.
Exhibitionism is harder when you just don’t want to expose flesh to the chill!