The Wellington Water Whirler by Len Lye (while under repair) has been climbed and damaged by a 'bored' man. He suffered a head injury in the incident and was treated in hospital. Police have laid a wilful damage charge. He claimed that part of the reason for the theatrics was because there was no sign saying not to climb the sculpture. An auction for a handy wallet sized "idiot sign" appeared on TradeMe soon after. Video is here via NZ Herald. New Plymouth has reported their Wind Wands have also been recently targeted by vandals.
To mark 250 years since Captain James Cook ventured our way, the Royal Academy has staged an exhibition to highlight historic and contemporary art from the Pacific. Artists from New Zealand include Fiona Pardington, Lisa Reihana, John Pule and Michael Parekowhai. The good news is, if you are in London from now until December 10th, us Kiwi's and our Pacific cousins get free entry on presentation of our passports.
The Guardian's art critic Jonathan Jones has given it 5 stars *****
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