About the artwork
A Temenos is a magic circle, a space believed to contain a protective energy. In ancient times, as far back as the Mycaenian civilisation in approximately 1750 to 1050 BC, the temenos was considered an inviolable sacred space. It seems, therefore, appropriate to create one for the holy days of Christmas.
Speaking of the sculpture Liliane Lijn says: “I first conceived this sculpture in 1992, and it is very much a part of my lifelong interest in geometry and the ways in which it can be made to reflect and relate to the chemistry of life and to nature. I saw it as a drawing in space, “drawn with light”, which was its working title.
“I have played with the circle in all its permutations, disc, sphere, cylinder, cone, ziggurat. This began with a very early drawing I made of an empty triangle floating in a circle ebullient with life forms. I have developed the triangle using prismatic forms, as well as optical glass prisms. These works referenced both crystal formations and the history of crystallography, and spectroscopy, the ability of prisms to refract white light into a spectrum of colours. I use specific proportions and relations between the forms in my work, using numbers in their relation to energy or vibrations. The Pythagorians, may have been the first to relate certain numbers to increased energy or power, and similar theories are expounded in the Kabala and in Tantric Buddhism.”