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Digging Up PlayStations: Modern Fossils from Christopher Locke

Tuesday 12.10.2013 , Posted by
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Today’s top of the line technology will soon be the relics of the past… and it all happens so quick. Your brand-new iPhone will be miles behind in 3 short years, if its fragile design even allows it to last that long. Christopher Locke’s project explores this societal fact by greatly accelerating time in his series Modern Fossils. Here we see the cutting-edge tech of the not-so-distant past transformed into rock-encased objects: from a PlayStation Dual Shock controller, to a truly obsolete 8-track tape. Each looks like it was dug up from a Planet of the Apes scenario in the distant future.

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Locke creates each piece using a hand-made mold and concrete that includes “secret ingredients” to give it the look and feel of stone. Each has a “Latin” name marked on the bottom identifying its place in technological history – but although his message is delivered with humor, Locke’s underlying theme is serious:

“It is sad, but most of these units lived very short lives. Most people attribute the shortened lifespan to aggressive predators or accelerated evolution, but this is not necessarily true. It has been shown recently that the true demise of most of these specimens came from runaway consumerism and wastefulness at the high end of the food chain.”

Perhaps his work is just the thing we need to ponder at this mass-consuming stage of the year. How long will our purchases last before they become the fossils of the past? See more examples from Christopher Locke’s series (including some impressive spiders made from TSA confiscated scissors) at Heartless Machine.

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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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