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This Is How Humans Would Look If We Evolved To Withstand Car Crashes

James Dawson

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This Is How Humans Would Look If We Evolved To Withstand Car Crashes

Featured Image Credit: Transport Accident Commission

Here's something I think about regularly. If a car was coming at me at full belt, is there any chance that, if I was to jump at the exact right moment, I would be able to avoid getting hit. I'm hoping I don't have to test it out soon, but if you know the answer to this, let me know in the comments because it has been bothering me for a while.

But anyway, take a look at this car accident-related artwork produced by a contemporary artist from Australia. The artwork shows what humans would look like if they evolved to withstand car crashes.

Artist Patricia Piccinini created the art, alongside a leading trauma surgeon and a car crash investigator, and it was commissioned by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) as part of their Toward Zero road safety campaign.


This bloke's called 'Graham'...

With his massive head, gnarly feet and several nipples, he shows what humans would look like if they had evolved to withstand car crashes. He's not pretty, but, to be fair, he's not the ugliest fella about either.


Not only does he serve to point out the importance of road safety, Graham has been designed to be interactive, too. Google Tango has been used to let exhibition visitors look beneath Graham's skin and understand why he looks the way he does.

A first of his kind in Australia, he'll teach people about human vulnerability via Google Tango. This is a cutting edge augmented reality technology that will allow Victorians to 'look beneath Graham's skin' to understand his unique and not at all creepy physical makeup.


"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," said TAC's chief executive officer Joe Calafiore.

"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."

A sobering thought. I hope everyone takes it on board and remembers to drive safely.


Words by James Dawson

Topics: Car Crash

James Dawson
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