Liliane Lijn is a leading pioneer of kinetic art. Conical forms have been part of Lijn’s work since the sixties, when she was inspired by the striped cones which act as signals on the roads which crisscross our planet. The cone, as symbol of the ‘sacred mountain’, has been the basic architectural form for places of worship throughout Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Lijn converted cone to Koan, deliberately using the word for Zen Buddhist riddles, which focus the mind on paradox, to point out the paradox at the core of her own works. They have formed the core of her kinetic works, dissolving text into lines, light and colour.