Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

The Mangere Art Centre (Ngā Tohu o Uenuku) is currently hosting an exhibition of work by the pioneering kinetic artist Len Lye (1901-1980). Entitled “Agiagiā” (a Samoan word expressing the notion of ‘natural billowing movement’), the intimate show displays some of the experimental movies of the artist, as well as diaries, and most strikingly this piece, a 2001 reconstruction of the original: a bunch of steel rods, beautifully illuminated, serene when undisturbed.…