Commissioned by the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Fountain III was described by the engineer John Matthews as ‘a gentle peaceful work with a lovely tinkling sound’. It is shown here again 40 years later.
Len Lye’s Fountain III is shown alongside exhibition documentation and ephemera.
In March 1977, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery presented Kinetic Works, the world’s first survey of Len Lye’s work and the first exhibition of his work in his homeland of New Zealand.
The exhibition included the now well-loved kinetic sculptures Trilogy (A Flip & Two Twisters) and Fountain III, subsequently acquired by then director Ron O’Reilly for the Govett-Brewster Collection. These two works in particular testify to the relationship between the artist, gallery and the city of New Plymouth. Lye worked with a team (led by engineer John Matthews) to build new larger-scale versions of these sculptures in New Plymouth, establishing a relationship that continues to this day.