Most prominent is the signature piece that is 'performed' twice daily known as "Trilogy (A Flip and Two Twisters"). It was first shown in 1977. It consists of three pieces of shiny stainless steel which, for ten minutes at a time, rotate with varying degrees of movement, each producing sound from the gentle to the near ear-splitting. Lye made it in his New York studio. It develops with considerable ferocity, at times producing some quite extraordinary effects of colour and movement. It even appears threatening for you wonder just what would happen if the mechanism that turns and twists the metal were to break down or the steel pieces were to work their way loose. This reportedly happened once back in 1999. No damage to human life was recorded.
|The Govettt Brewster Gallery containing the Len Lye Centre
There is a daily screening lasting half an hour of some of Len Lye's films. The current selection is titled "Projection Series #4 Man Without a Camera. It runs until 16 December when I assume another selection from the full complement of Lye's work will be offered. You can buy a DVD published by the Museum titled Colour Box: 19 Films by Len Lye for $NZ30.00. on the premises.
|Wind Wand by Len Lye