Man in Monolith

The narrative of the man in the monolith was inspired by the play Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Specifically the graphic description of the protagonists transformation from human to insect.


The subject of this narrative, an instrument maker and craftsmen also undergoes a metamorphic change however grows to become a part of the building.


The repetitive clink of his tools working, emulate the repetitive sound of the metronome ticks (the exterior shape of the monolith). Retracting and connecting with the materials, the tool shapes the instrument and the man.


Skin on his hands begin to blister, weep, then harden around his tools. He continues to work in filth crafting  beautiful objects. Layers of debris and wood chip build up, layering the ground and the spiraling walkway that reaches his work bench situated in the tapering point of the monolith.


A small light inlet shoots a narrow shard of light onto a set of mirrors, organised in a way to push the light down the monolith. Still the condition is dark and forces the man to work in a hunched position. Eventually over the course of time his obsession fuses him to his work space and he becomes a working part of the building.

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