Body Crash – Human Sculpture Warns Against Speeding Danger

We all do it, all the time. You’re driving down the road or freeway and the legal speed limit is plenty clear, but you avoid it and go a few miles faster. Everyone else is doing it, and it’s perfectly safe to go just a little faster right?

According to the State Government of Victoria’s website, it isn’t. Although it is less dangerous than high-level speeding, “the majority of speed related trauma involves low-level speeding, simply because there are far more low-level speeders than high-level speeders.”

The same logic that enables you to do it (everyone else is doing it), might also cost you dearly. This message was emphasized in Australian body artist Emma Hack’s masterpiece.

In support of the Motor Accident Commission of South Australia, Hack used 17 men and women to assemble a sculpture into the shape of a wrecked car — a project which was later used in the commission’s campaign.

The athletes, body builders and acrobats that served as models for the project, contorted their bodies in various shapes to mimic the look of a crashed vehicle, and held the pose while Hack applied five layers of body paint onto each person – a job that took over 18 hours to complete.

In the making-of-video above, she explains that she chose these athletes because they were more likely to bear the weight better and have enough endurance for the project. Thankfully for the men and women involved, several crates were in position to help to ease the strain a bit.

“Technically, it’s probably the most difficult job I have ever done,” said Ms. Hack, who is also the talent behind singers Gotye and Kimbra’s body paint in the video for this summer’s ubiquitous hit, “Somebody That I Used to Know.”  She added to her statement, “it’s quite magical how it’s turned out.”

It is indeed something. It’s also a good reminder to stick to the speed limit – an offense that research has shown can make a significant difference in the outcome of a crash, even leading to fatal results.

Check out the following images and Body Crash video above to see how Hack put it all together.

All images credited to MAC, artist Emma Hack, and photograher Jacqui Way