Ken Cox's fan-powered balloon sculptures were exhibited in his first solo exhibition at Lisson, 'Kinetic Poems' in 1968
He discussed his solo show with Elizabeth Glazebrook in June 1968: "The first balloons were paper and then I switched to
nylon. My wife machines them. Swells up with air, revolves, reflector light in it.
By closing slits – can change it. I can make them smaller and issue them as
multiple – sort of sculptural lights. Beautiful at night.
Different colours based on a Chinese concept of the
four elements plus heaven. In one of these canons of symbolism, there are five colours. Red for fire,
yellow for earth, green for water, blue for heaven and white for air. So I am
having five balloons in those colours and there will be little poems, elemental
arrangements of words, suggestive for the five elements, silkscreened on to
these, and should be seen as a group. […]"