A gently rotating spray of stainless steel rods, Fountain is one of Len Lye’s most graceful kinetic sculptures. Five different versions of this work, ranging from table-top sculptures to near-monumental works, come together for the first time in this exhibition alongside a shimmering variation called Firebush.
Several of the works featured in the exhibition have not been seen in decades. In 1961 the Museum of Modern Art in New York showed Firebush, and now the Len Lye Foundation has reconstructed the work according to the artist’s design and wishes. The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is also proud to present one Fountain owned by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and another on loan from Len Lye’s grandson, Benjamin Lindenhahn.