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Artist's book - Sky never stops : poemkon

Sky never stops : poemkon

  • Object:

    Artist's book

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1965 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lijn, Liliane (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cork cone, painted with applied Letraset; metal and plastic motor

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    National Art Library

Sculptor, writer, artist and performer Liliane Lijn began to produce poem machines in 1962. These works use text that is rotated at speed on a cylindrical or conical structure.

Her sources of inspiration for this project were her reading of Buddhist texts and the Tibetan prayer wheel, works by William S. Burroughs and the cut-up technique.

'Sky never stops' was made in 1965 and is one of this series. The words, which are made from letraset, are affixed to a cone that revolves on a turntable. As they revolve the words become blurred and according to Lijn are 'sublimated and become pure energy'.

During the 1970s Lijn developed this theme further with her koan sculptures which use the same conical structure as 'Sky never stops' but which use colours rather than words. She also produced large scale sculptures such as the White Koan which can be seen today on campus at the University of Warwick.

Physical description

Kinetic poem machine comprising a white painted, flat topped cork cone with Letraset word poems in blue.

The cone is mounted on a motorised turntable. The pattern of repeated words appear to pulsate as the cone revolves clockwise. The poem machine operates at 50 cycles herz, 220 volts.

Place of Origin

London (published)


1965 (published)


Lijn, Liliane (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Cork cone, painted with applied Letraset; metal and plastic motor


Height: 41 cm, Width: 24 cm, Depth: 24 cm cone

Descriptive line

Artist's book, 'Sky nevre stops: poemkon', by Liliane, Lijn, with text by Leonard D. Marshall, London, 1965


Cork; Paint; Letraset




Artists' Books; National Art Library


National Art Library

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