Melbourne, Australia (WMC/NBC) - Meet 'Graham.' He's part of the latest road safety campaign in Australia's Victoria State, According to the Transport Accident Commission, has the perfect body. It's ideal in fact, at least to survive a crash. The creators has cars in mind, but I'm certain the same would apply to those on two wheels. So, perhaps Graham has the perfect biker body too.
Sculptured by a Melbourne artist in conjunction with a Melbourne hospital trauma surgeon, Graham has body parts you would need to be able to stay alive in a high speed crash. "He's not patronizing, he's not imposing, he's open to us and the eyes are where the work is," says sculptor Patricia Piccinini. "It's where you can really connect with him and empathize. If he was aggressive or belligerent or sort of patronizing we wouldn't be able to do that. He's very Australian, I think."
Made out of fiberglass, silicone, resin and human hair, Graham is on display at the State Library of Victoria until August 8th and visitors can use immersive augmented reality technology to look under Graham's skin to learn about his unique features."The head has a much bigger skull so it acts like a bicycle helmet, says trauma surgeon Christian Kenfield, "Graham actually has no neck, he has no cervical spine that can be fractured in a whiplash injury. These ribs are super ribs absorbing much more of the force."
According to Australian media, Graham is due to travel Victoria State with his simple but, hopefully effective message, "you haven't got what I've got and if you drive safely, you won't need it".
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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.