His name is 'Graham' and he is the latest road safety initiative from Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission (TAC).
Graham was developed in a collaborative project headed by Christian Kenfield, a leading trauma surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, David Logan, a crash investigator at Monash University’s Accident Research centre and world-renowned sculptor Patricia Piccinini.
Let’s face it, Graham isn’t an attractive man – in fact his body is equipped with the sort of features it needs to withstand the impacts involved in vehicle crashes.
In essence, Graham shows how vulnerable we all are to serious injuries every time we’re on a road.
Because the reality is humans are designed to cope with impacts at speeds we create (running, walking, jumping) – and no more.
“People can survive running at full speed 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 slimmer,” explained TAC chief Joe Calafiore.
“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,” he added.
You can interact with Graham at www.meetgraham.com.au
And he will be on display until 8 August at the State Library of Victoria ahead of a roadshow around the State.
Those seeing Graham in-er...-"person" can use Google Tango – an immersive augmented reality technology – to understand how his somewhat gruesome features provide cushioning from serious crash injuries.