Wand whacked

The New Zealand Herald - - NEWS -

The storm mov­ing across the North Is­land hit a unique piece of pub­lic art yes­ter­day. The Len Lye-de­signed Wind Wand in New Ply­mouth was struck by light­ning shortly af­ter 6pm, knock­ing out the light at the wand's tip. The 48m-tall fi­bre­glass sculp­ture was built af­ter Lye's death and has be­come one of the most recog­nis­able sym­bols of the city's wa­ter­front. Footage of the strike was posted on Face­book by Taranaki in­ter­net provider Pri­moWire­less. The storm cut power to more than a hun­dred homes in Manaia and Opunake. Power was ex­pected to be re­stored this morn­ing. Emer­gency ser­vices in the Taranaki re­gion had a num­ber of calls re­port­ing flood­ing.

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