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Born 1983 in Macclesfield, England. Austin is a researcher at the Royal College of Art, Design Interactions department and co-founder of the FOM design awards.

His work takes an experimental approach towards design; often leading to the development of new methodologies that generate alternative perspectives and challenge the status quo.

A 4m-tall prototype ‘Fossilisation Machine’ commissioned for the 2010 Tatton Park Biennial, built to produce a fossil from one of the estate’s partridge.

Fossils are like books written by the hand of our planet millions of years in the past. They allow a glimpse into long-lost worlds offering insights and charging the imagination with images of what once roamed our planet. Unfortunately human control over the natural environment has, in most places, taken away the natural potential for the creation of a fossil; burials create the perfect environment for decay and its unlikely that human remains will last. 2million&1ad is the first prototype machine; this project is still ongoing

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The machine attempts to emulate the natural process of petrification; 2500 litres of water become highly mineralised as they flow through calcium rich limestone, the public contribute to the process by pumping this water to the header tank, which then flows over the Pineapple and slowly transforms the organic matter into stone.

Installing the partridge into the petrification chamber.

Taking the chamber down at the end of the biennia, which was 6 months in total.

The bird partially petrified

Overview of the project