This interactive, lifelike sculpture, which looks like a creepy prop used by movie studios, but is actually designed to demonstrate human vulnerability in a crash, was created by Australia’s Transport Accident Commission (TAC) as part of a new safety campaign.
It comes with bodily features that might be present in humans if they had evolved to withstand the forces involved in crashes, whether as a vehicle occupant or as a pedestrian, TAC says. These include a flattened face resulting from repeated impacts with airbags, and a head as large as the chest that makes the neck disappear.
Other physical highlights of Graham are thicker skin around the arms and hands, as well as legs shaped in a way that puts less pressure on the tibias in the advent of a collision with a vehicle.
Melbourne sculptor Patricia Piccinni designed Graham along with expert trauma surgeons. It will be on display at the State Library of Victoria until August 8th before going on a roadshow. Alternatively, visit this website to get acquainted with Graham.