2 Mar 2013

Len Lye centre gets go ahead

5:37 am on 2 March 2013

A New Plymouth gallery devoted to showing the works of the artist Len Lye has received the final go-ahead after a decade of planning.

New Plymouth District Council has approved the Len Lye Centre project despite a budget blowout.

In 2012, the New Plymouth District Council announced it had raised the $10 million needed to build the gallery from grants and scholarships.

That sum was, however, $750,000 short of a building tender price from Clelands Construction.

Councillors on Thursday voted nine to six to accept the tender.

The extra cost will be met by the council through further fundraising, including selling donated artworks.

The New Zealand-born Lye lived in the United States for much of his life and is best known for his kinetic sculptures and experimental films, many of which he bequeathed to New Plymouth.

Architect's image of Len Lye Centre exterior.

Architect's image of Len Lye Centre exterior. Photo: Patterson Associates