Len Lye <em>Flip and Two Twisters (Trilogy)</em> 1977, 2016 at the Len Lye Centre. Govett-Brewster Collection. Photo Bryan James

Len Lye Flip and Two Twisters (Trilogy) 1977, 2016 at the Len Lye Centre. Govett-Brewster Collection. Photo Bryan James

Exhibition

12 Oct 2016 — 26 Mar 2017

Flip and Two Twisters (Trilogy)

Intense, frightening and beautiful, the expertly engineered, Trilogy is Lye’s most compelling sculpture.

Trilogy performs at 12pm midday and 2pm weekdays (except Tuesdays) and 11am, 1pm and 3pm on weekends for 10mins.

Suspended from the ceiling, a large loop (Flip) and two long strips of stainless steel (Twisters) are spun and contorted into a motorised dance. Tension builds in the flexing steel, followed by sudden whiplash stops. The thunderous crash of Trilogy reverberates around the gallery, a sound described by Lye as like ‘icicles tumbling down your back’.

Described in Lye’s day as inducing terror in the audience, Trilogy is one of Lye’s masterpieces. A sculptural counterpart to the cinematic thrill of his film Free Radicals (1958), Trilogy holds a special place in the heart of the Govett-Brewster, built for the 1977 exhibition Kinetic Works – the first exhibition of Lye’s work in his homeland – and a historic part of the Govett-Brewster’s collection ever since.

Flip and Two Twisters (Trilogy) is the second in a series of exhibitions presented in the Large Works that explore Len Lye’s large scale kinetic sculpture.

Ko te tuarua tēnei, Flip and Two Twisters (Trilogy), o tētehi whakapapa whakaaturanga e mātai ana i ngā tāreitanga taonga ihirangaranga rarahi a Len Lye. Ko Trilogy tētehi o ngā tino tāreitanga kaha, whakawehi, rerehua anō hoki nā Lye i whao. E tāiri iho ana i te tuanui o te whare ngā porowhita rahi (Flip) me ngā wāhanga maitai waikura kore e rua (Twisters) kua takawiringia, ā, tītaha ana kia kitea tōna haka korikori nei. Ka whai kaha te maitai i tōna piko me tōna tere piu. Ka haruru te papaki o Trilogy ki ngā pātū katoa o te whare ētia nei he hukarere e maringi ana i tō tuaiwi, e ai ki tā Lye.

Kātahi te whakamataku o te taonga nei i tōna wā, he tino hanganga ki a Lye a Trilogy. He taonga i taunaki i tana kiriata whakahiamo, ko Free Radicals (1958), ā, he tino hei piripiri a Trilogy ki Govett-Brewster, te taonga i tāreia mō te whakaaturanga o Kinetic Works i te tau 1977 – te tuatahi o ngā whakaaturanga a Lye i tōna wā kāinga– he taonga tuku iho, nō Govett-Brewster mai anō.