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Kinetic sculpture "Firkee Wala - In My Heart Of Eternal Childhood" spins and twirls at the Puke Ariki Museum seafront, New Zealand


Spinning a riot of colours against the New Zealand skies, The Firkee Wala shares a story from India...
Artists: Lipika Sen & Prabhjyot Majithia
Dimensions: 6 meters tall
Material: Steel & Acrylic
Location: Puke Ariki Museum, City Centre, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Project collaborators: Meco Engineering 
Installed permanently by the Public Arts Trust, Taranaki at Kinetika Biennale 2014

At the crack of dawn on a crisp October morning in New Zealand, a giant truck loads a colourful dream...


A new landmark for the ciy of New Plymouth: The Firkee Wala - In My Heart of Eternal Childhood


Artists Lipika Sen & Prabhjyot Majithia featured on the front page of the Taranaki Daily News, New Zealand:

he Firkee Wala - the artists' story
Spinning, twirling, dancing, swooshing with the slightest wind, this whimsical sculpture preserves and re-enacts precious, incidental “kinetic” moments from childhood… when the alleyway in India came alive with a zillion buzzing joys-in-motion and we ran to see the Firkee-Wala peddling his colourful, spinning swarm of toy pinwheels. Here we recreate and re-experience the larger than life, jaw-dropping awe felt by our wee childhood souls. For this sculpture, the irresistible “firkees”- pinwheels have grown up in size, material and grandeur, thus returning to us the innocent gaping eyes of childhood.

Now, the larger than life figure of the Firkee Wala pedals his wheels of joy right in the centre of a New Zealand city, bringing smiles to Kiwis of all sizes.

To see the Firkee Wala in action, click below:





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