(1901 - 1981)
Len (Leonard Charles Huia) Lye was active/lived in New York / New Zealand. Len Lye is known for kinetic sculpture, collage, writing, filmmaking.
Biography Len Lye
Leonard Charles Huia Lye was born on 5 July 1901 in Christchurch. A year earlier the marriage of his parents, Rose Ann Cole and Harry Lye, a hairdresser, had caused conflict between his father's Anglican and his mother's Irish Catholic associates. Len grew up opposed to what he saw as the intolerance of all religions. After Harry died in July 1904, Rose struggled to make a living as a housekeeper and cleaner. She was forced to board out Len and his brother Phillip (born in 1903) with a succession of relatives. Despite an insecure and needy childhood, Len developed an exuberant and independent personality.
His happiest time was a year at the Cape Campbell lighthouse after his mother married the assistant keeper, Frederick Powell, in J
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