The only person designed to survive on our roads
26 November 2016 – 15 January 2017
Evolutionary science and human vulnerability are at the centre of Graham, a new sculptural work by Patricia Piccinini that explores what we might look like if we were built to survive on our roads.
As much as we like to think we’re invincible, we’re not. But what if we were to change? What if our bodies were built to survive a low impact crash? What might we look like?
The human body doesn’t have the physiology to absorb the energy when things go wrong in a crash. In fact, the impact forces of just 30km/h are enough to be fatal – such as striking a pedestrian or a side-on collision with a tree.
Created in collaboration with Royal Melbourne Hospital trauma surgeon Christian Kenfield and Monash University Accident Research Centre crash investigation expert Dr David Logan, Graham is a sober reminder of just how vulnerable our bodies really are.