An Australian road-safety campaign has revealed what the human body could look like were it to evolve to withstand the forces experienced in car crashes.
The grotesque figure, named Graham, was unveiled by the Transports Accident Commission (TAC) after collaborating with a leading trauma surgeon, a crash investigation expert and world-renowned Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini.
The sculpture has no neck, a flat face, bags of air in his chest and stomach, and knees that bend in all directions in order to protect him from all impacts involved in a car crash.
An interactive, 360-degree view of Graham – who was made using silicone, fibreglass and human hair – can also be viewed online as part of the safety campaign.
TAC chief executive officer Joe Calafiore said: "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. 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."
Royal Melbourne Hospital trauma surgeon Christian Kenfield and Monash University Accident Research Centre crash investigator David Logan worked with Australian artist and sculptor Patricia Piccinini to develop Graham.
The installation will be on show at the State Library of Victoria until 8 August before travelling across the country.