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Artist Creates "Future Fossils" from Once-Loved, Now-Outdated Technology

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under the name Bughouse, he has created Future Fossils, a collection of sculptures that showcase once-loved yet now-outdated technological devices.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.

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All photos by Eugene Kim / My Modern Met.

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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