Artist Lee Barker's Refractive Monolith is a colored pyramid that has been created out of 10,000 meters of acrylic yarn. In creating the piece for The Future Tense's Spectra exhibition Baker looked to Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis, Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira and further exploring the idea of a self-aware "thinking city" developed in films such as Tekkonkinkreet and Makoto Shinkai's A Place Promised in our Early Years.
Barker says: "While travelling in Japan, as well as being overawed by the sensitive aesthetic qualities and colours seen in everyday life, I was also struck by the urbanisation that relentlessly marks the landscape. I was reminded continuously of sci-fi movies that have profoundly influenced me over the years; Akira, Ghost In The Shell, Tron and BladeRunner. Where the world is strangled by concrete and neon. In response I began a series of paintings that depict the omnipotent power of nature against these seemingly indomitable meta-cities."