Fossilized Gadgets Leave Evidence of Our Consumerism to Future Generations


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When it comes to gadgets, what legacy are we leaving to Earth's inhabitants countless generations into the future? Artist Christopher Locke has imagined that perhaps the things that have become attached to us as if they were part of our bodies may become fossilized relics that future civilizations will uncover with curiosity. Even if the device itself isn't capable of doing so (though plastic and metal are pretty much eternal), he is ensuring that they'll live on by creating them in concrete. From floppy disks to game controllers, Locke is giving modern technology a prehistoric touch.

The irony comes into play when we consider that these gadgets have incredibly short useful lifespans. Built to be replaced, they last a fraction as long as a human being, yet their remains will be on Earth for eons.

Locke states, "These are modern fossils. They are made from actual archaic technology that was once cutting-edge. Most of these examples were discovered in the United States, although the various species are represented all over the world. 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."

Locke makes each one by hand, using models snagged from a nearby recycling company as they were making their way down the dis-assembly line.

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