Len Lye <em>Grass</em> 1961 - 1965. stainless steel and wood on motorised base, 1580 x 425 x 230mm. Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

Len Lye Grass 1961 - 1965. stainless steel and wood on motorised base, 1580 x 425 x 230mm. Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

Exhibition

10 Apr — 23 Jul

Len Lye's kinetic sculpture Grass

Len Lye's gentle kinetic sculpture

Grass is one of Len Lye's most delicate works.

‘This quiet, gentle work is reminiscent of spring breezes fanning the Marram grasses along the shorelines of New Zealand.’ - Len Lye Foundation Director Evan Webb

As the bed of stainless steel wires sway from side to side they make a gentle tingling sound, in stark contrast to the energetic dance of Universe and the intensity of Trilogy (A Flip and Two Twisters).

Lye noted the 'doodling' origin of Grass 'came about without any preconceived ideas about its imagery. It came from watching a single rod swaying and then doubling up to emphasize the accelerating stroke of its oscillation'.



For more about Grass...
read Len Lye Curator Paul Brobbel's blog My Funny Valentine: Len Lye’s ‘Grass’ and Miles Davis