Meet Graham, The "Superhuman" Who Can Survive A Car Crash
Despite his freakish appearance, this man sitting on a bench plays a very significant role and has a very important message to everyone.
Meet “Graham”, a human-like sculpture that was created as part of the new road-safety campaign by the Transports Accident Commission (TAC) of Australia. According to TAC, Graham was designed with ‘bodily features that might be present in humans if they had evolved to withstand the forces involved in crashes’.
Graham was created without neck as this can be easily snapped, a massive skull for brain protection, a bizarre chest that serves as an airbag, flexible knees capable of bending in different directions, a thick and stronger skin, and an extra leg joint that allows him to jump out of the car quickly when an accident occurs.
Graham was carefully sculpted by Patricia Piccinini, a world-renowned Melbourne artist, through the help of Royal Melbourne Hospital trauma surgeon Christian Kenfield and Monash University Accident Research Centre crash investigator Dr. David Logan.
“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.
“Graham is an educational tool that will serve the community for years to come as a reminder of why we need to develop a safer road system that will protect us when things go wrong,” Mr. Calafiore added.