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Artist illuminates Kings Cross with neon sculpture

Friday, 17th December 2021 — By Richard Osley

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Liliane Lijn with her sculpture

AN 81-YEAR-OLD artist has helped light up King’s Cross this Christmas.

Liliane Lijn came up with “Temenos” for this year’s art tree installation in Granary Square.

She said that she had first thought of the idea for the artwork back in 1992 after working with circles and spheres.

The final piece consists of 19 neon yellow and orange poles, each with light running along their length.

Ms Lijn said the spot near the waterway and fountains was ideal.

The artist was born in the United States but has lived in the UK since 1966.

“I live a 20-minute walk along the canal from the square and have watched, with excitement, the birth of the King’s Cross development,” she said. “The area has completely transformed redundant a marshalling yard and warehousing into a lively public destination of housing, shops and restaurants, a home for the University of the Arts London, as well as landscaped walks along the canal and art in squares for people to enjoy.”

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