The Petrified Order
Petrified IKEA showroom electronic props, laptop, 14 x 10 x 2 inches (35.6 x 25.4 x 5.1 cm); Xbox 360 12 x 10 x 3.5 inches (30.5 x 25.4 x 8.9cm); X Internet router, 8 x 6 x 1.5 inches (20.3 x 15.2 x 3.8cm); DVD player, 10.5 x 8.5 x 2 inches (26.7 x 21.6 x 5.1cm)
The Petrified Order is a series of four hollow IKEA props: a laptop, Xbox 360, internet router, and DVD player, all manufactured for commercial furniture stores. These objects were petrified at a well in North Yorkshire, England, where objects have been left dating back to the middle ages when the seemingly unexplained rapid petrification was attributed to a kind of belief in the supernatural spurring countless myths about the well. The petrification takes place due to an unusually high mineral content in the water, and the props were coated in stone over the course of months. In this sense they are facades of stone surrounding the hollow contour of a now dated fetishized technology. Taken together, they are simultaneously objects of the past and the future, and although recognizable, their forms are an impossibility of what would be found in some future archaeological dig.