Watch: Incredible footage of lightning striking New Plymouth art structure

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An art structure in New Plymouth has been struck by lightning during a thunderstorm.

Amazing footage of the Wind Wand, a sculpture by Len Lye, being struck by lightning was posted to the PrimoWireless Facebook page.

The Wind Wand is a 48-metre kinetic sculpture that is an iconic sight on the New Plymouth skyline and lights up at night.

The post by Primo Wireless states the powerful strike on Sunday night damaged the sculpture, blowing the lighting.

New Plymouth District Council Recreation and Culture Manager Teresa Turner told 1 NEWS there was no obvious damage to the sculpture, but that it would be inspected to "determine what, if any, maintenance is required".

MetService issued a severe thunderstorm watch this afternoon saying thunderstorms would be moving across the upper North Island tonight.

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