Johannes Stek was a metal industry worker. He suffered from mental disturbance and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital several times. He lived a reclusive life gradually succumbing to being incapable of leaving his own home in 1997. Stek lived without the minimal comfort conditions, keeping his windows shut and refusing to purchase a television set or a radio. His only connection to the outside world are magazines from which he draws inspiration for dense and highly detailed schemes of machines and airplanes.