An interactive lifelike sculpture called Graham, the only “person” on earth designed to withstand a car collision, has been nominated for this year’s Designs of the Year awards. Graham was made by Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini in collaboration with leading trauma surgeon Christian Kenfield and crash investigation expert Dr David Logan. Made from a combination of silicone fibreglass, concrete, human hair and steel, and weighing in at approximately 200 kilograms, Graham’s unusual enhanced physique imagines what humans might look like had we evolved to withstand low-impact car crashes.
His enlarged skull is filled with extra cerebrospinal fluid and ligaments to protect the brain, while the neck – one of the most vulnerable body parts in a collision – has been removed entirely. Sacks have been placed between each of his ribs to create airbag-like cushioning and extra joints in his legs allow him to jump out of the way quickly.
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