The Petrified Order by Daniel Small 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.
The Petrified Order, Installation
The Petrified Order, DVD Player
The Petrified Order, Laptop
The Petrified Order, Internet Router
The Petrified Order, X-box