In 2020, a series of unexplained pillars began to appear across the globe. The first monolith was discovered in Utah, followed by similar sightings in California, Romania and the Isle of Wight. Their appearance captivated the world, with questions being asked: who was behind the mysterious structures? Could they be a sign of extra-terrestrial life? Such forms are part of Borja Alegre’s (b. 1987) visual world. The 3D motion designer specialises in the surreal: “I enjoy defying what can or can’t exist.” Cuboids balance in mid-air – seeming to resist gravity. Figures sit on top of them and wear them like accessories. Elsewhere, rocky outcrops become playgrounds for experimentation, with bodies bending over backwards or holding up apparently impossible weights. Hands and legs emerge from desert landscapes, reflective blocks poised on tiptoes. As the idea of interplanetary travel continues to make headlines, Alegre’s images encourage us to imagine other worlds. borjaalegre.com.
1. Borja Alegre, Monolith 1 (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
2. Borja Alegre, Covid (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
3. Borja Alegre, Monolith 2 (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
4. Borja Alegre, Ankle (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
5. Borja Alegre, Josh (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
6. Borja Alegre, Monolith 3 (2020). Courtesy of the artist.