Converse Column
Converse Column

© Liliane Lijn. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds

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This work was commissioned for the NEXUS building within the University of Leeds campus, using light, motion and language to explore how unexpected juxtapositions can provoke discourse and fresh meanings. Lijn’s poem has been laser-cut into the surface of two nested columnar drums, which continually turn in opposing directions and at different speeds. Visible as daylight recedes, two layers of internal lighting illuminate the words, with a carefully programmed suite of colour changes. To create a collaborative poem, Lijn asked students and staff to submit short texts, on themes of interchange, invention and transformation. Liliane Lijn is known for her work with kinetic text and is a pioneer in the interaction of art, science, technology and language.

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds



Converse Column




laser-cut stainless steel with LED lighting & turntable mechanism


H (?) x W 250 x D (?) cm

Accession number

LEEUA 2019.017

Acquisition method

commissioned for the NEXUS building, 2019

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