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 hollow IKEA props: a laptop, Xbox 360, internet router, and DVD player that have been rapidly petrified. The petrification took place at a well in North Yorkshire, England, where sentimental items have been left to be turned to stone dating back to the middle ages. The earliest account of the petrification well was in 1537, and for hundreds of years locals believed that the well had been cursed by a witch named Mother Shipton who was the daughter of a prostitute and born in a cave nearby. Many believed if they touched the water they too would be turned to stone and modern effigies of these individuals have been erected by carving into trees near the well. It wasn't until the late 1800's that it was discovered the rapid petrification was due to an unusually high mineral content in the water in and around Yorkshire and was composed of tufa and travertine rock. The props are simultaneously objects of the past and the future, and although recognizable, their forms are an impossibility.

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