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Len Lye


Lye in New York in 1946, making spiral shapes out of wire. In the 1960s he was delighted to learn that the DNA 'double helix' resembled the spiral patterns he had always been fond of making and drawing and that he had observed in indigenous forms of art (such as the Samoan tapa cloth hanging behind him on the wall).

Photo: William Vandivert; courtesy: Len Lye Foundation




Last updated 22 August, 2001