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The Kensington Koan by Liliane Lijn

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The Virgo Cluster (c) Royal Observatory Edinburgh/Anglo-Australian Observatory Photograph from UK Schmidt plates by David Malin.


Kensington Koan is a kinetic work in the form of a cone 6 metres high and 4 metres base diameter painted in many coloured concetric bands. The cone is dissected by four elliptical rings of light. At night these rings will appear as oscillating lines of light moving through the body of the cone.

The bands of colour speak of layered strata They suggest earth and sea and air and the atmospheric striations of the heavenly bodies. The Koan speaks of change and renewal, transforming itself with the changing light of day and night throughout the seasons.

Text by Richard Bright.