We often associate fossils with the dinosaurs, but artist Jeff Klarin has a different idea of what’s considered a relic. Working under the name Bughouse, he has created Future Fossils, a collection of sculptures that showcase once-loved yet now-outdated technological devices. Among them are the iconic boombox, Polaroid camera, and Atari joystick.
All of Klarin’s Future Fossils are objects and tools that were once widely-used and/or historically important. Now, thanks to the artist’s clever treatment, these items look weathered and distressed, as if they’ve recently been excavated from deep beneath the Earth. They serve as a reminder that time is fleeting in the world of technology–rapid advancements, in as little as 15 or 20 years, cause devices to become obsolete, making them artifacts of another era.
To create these sculptures, Klarin cast the items using cement. He then manipulated their surfaces by hand to give them an aged appearance. Because of this laborious process, each piece has its own variations and unique characteristics. To own your own future fossil, they are available to purchase through the Bughouse website.
All photos by Eugene Kim / My Modern Met.