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Len Lye

Figure of Motion

By Stephen Jones

UNIVERSE, 1963–76, spring steel band, electro-magnets in a wooden base, 220 x 250 x 28 cm. Courtesy Len Lye Foundation Collection and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth.

I was a movement man. I always relate to my bodily sense of self. My bodily, my muscular, anatomical, bone structure, stress, balance, walking, shifting around. I used to dance like mad. All this stuff was a preoccupation with the bodily sense rather than intellectualizing about it.
—Len Lye, from an interview with Wystan Curnow
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