Man who broke Wellington’s Len Lye sculpture sentenced to community work

Hunter Macdonald (file) has been ordered to pay $1000 and do 150 hours community service. - Photo: RNZ / Ben Strang

The man who broke a Len Lye sculpture on Wellington's waterfront last year has been ordered to pay $1000 and do community service.

Hunter MacDonald swung on the artwork, in a video that went viral on the Internet last October.

The $1000 he has been required to pay will be used for signs to warn people against touching the sculpture.

He was also sentenced to 150 hours community service.

MacDonald broke the $300,000 sculpture in October last year by climbing out to the end of the pole-like structure.

The Wellington waterfront sculpture by Len Lye was snapped by a man swinging from it.

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The police prosecutor previously told the Wellington District Court that MacDonald had been showing off and had told police he wanted to be the first to get out to the end of the pole and back, as he had never seen anyone do so before.

MacDonald pleaded guilty in November last year.