Australia’s Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has created an interesting road safety project.
Meet Graham, an interactive lifelike sculpture that demonstrates just how vulnerable the human body is. TAC collaborated with Royal Melbourne Hospital trauma surgeon Christian Kenfield and Monash University Accident Research Center crash investigator David Logan, to direct Melbourne sculptor Patricia Piccinini to develop Graham, who is admittedly quite creepy to look at.
But that’s because the whole purpose of Graham is to show how human bodies would have to evolve in order to withstand vehicle accidents. It essentially has bodily features that might be present in humans if they had evolved to withstand the forces involved in crashes.
The installation will be on show at the State Liberty of Victoria until August 8, before going on a roadshow. You can also interact with Graham online to see all his features, like chest airbags and the lack of a neck.
“People can survive running at full pace into a wall but when you’re talking about collisions involving vehicles, the speeds are faster, the forces are greater and the chances of survival are much slimmer,” TAC chief executive officer Joe Calafiore said. “Cars have evolved a lot faster than humans and Graham helps us understand why we need to improve every aspect of our roads system to protect ourselves from our own mistakes.”