Modern sculptor Christopher Locke took notice of our rapid technological life-cycles and is exploring this societal fact in his series “Modern Fossils.” Locke transforms objects from the not-too-distant past into seemingly age-old relics using handmade molds and his very own concrete recipe (it has a secret ingredient). He inscribes each piece with a Latin phrase for added authenticity and flair.
But while the method may be clever and humorous, the underlying purpose is not. He recently spoke about it with Visual Art News:
“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.”