Graham is actually a sculpture of a person who might be able to survive a car crash that would otherwise kill any normal human being. He was created by artist Patricia Piccinini in collaboration with a leading trauma surgeon and a crash investigation expert, for a new Australian road safety campaign.
Graham weird looking and unnatural body features reflect the human body evolved to sustain the forces of a collision. His helmet-like head, absence of neck, hoof-like feet and the general shape of his body are all designed so that he can survive a car crash that no human could. “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,” Piccinini 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.”
Christian Kenfield, a trauma surgeon at Royal Melbourne Hospital, and David Logan, a crash investigator at Monash University Accident Research Centre, helped Patricia Piccinini in designing Graham who is at display at the State Library of Victory up to August 8. Graham will also do a national tour after that. Explaining the thicker skull of Graham, Dr. Kenfield explained that the head is the most vulnerable part when it comes to accidents and the brain keeps moving in the cerebral fluid even when the head stops moving, causing more damage to it. That is why Graham’s skull is thicker, bigger and has more fluid and ligaments to protect the brain in the case of a crash.
The second most vulnerable part is our face that is why Graham has a concave face with extra layers of fat to protect it. Those extra nipples on his rib cage are small air-bags to protect his ribs and internal vital organs. His hoof-like feet would enable him to jump out of the way of an oncoming vehicles to avoid a crash. Graham’s skin is also thicker than normal human skin in order to reduce abrasions and road rash.
The natural evolution from the normal human body to Graham might not be possible and even if it is, we are not sure that many people would want to look this weird just to avoid a car crash when you can simply avoid it by driving slowly and carefully. All the more reasons to be extra careful on the road and drive safely. Take a look at this demonstrative video below: