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Life-size Sculpture Created To Withstand Car Crashes

Posted Wednesday, September 7, 2016 by Lisa Benedetti

crashAustralia’s Transport Accident Commission has teamed up with Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini to create “Graham” – a life-size sculpture that was designed specifically to survive car crashes.

The sculpture is part of a road safety campaign that serves to remind drivers of the intense impact car crashes have on the human body.

Logan and Christian Kenfield, a trauma surgeon at Royal Melbourne Hospital, advised Piccinini about how the body responds in a crash and discussed the possible ways to enhance the human body to make it more resistant to impacts.

Some of Graham’s features include a flattened face to absorb the energy of an impact and a larger skull with more cerebrospinal fluid and ligaments to better protect his brain.

Graham is even able to avoid injury while on foot: He has hoof-like legs with added joints and knees that bend in all directions to quickly move out of the way of oncoming traffic.

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