Artist Explores Ocean in a Wheelchair

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How great is this? ‘Creating the Spectacle!’ is a ground breaking series of live art and film events that record an underwater wheelchair as it flies through the water with its human occupant.

Check out artist Sue Austin from the UK who can see the wonders of the ocean without leaving her wheelchair:
“To move through oceanic depths, the wheelchair uses a propeller and fins positioned at the back of Austin’s legs that allow her to steer via an acrylic strip attached to her feet. According toSmartPlanet, the design originally proved challenging since most propeller models rely on hand movements, but Austin lacks the strength to maneuver them properly. Instead, the team worked to make her wheelchair more buoyant by modifying the heel plates into fins and tweaking the seat to cope better with underwater pressure.”

In this Online event, Freewheeling will present a series of films in the lead up to live events in the swimming pool at Osprey Leisure Centre on Portland, Dorset (2’9th August – 1st September), ICCI 360 Arena, Weymouth, Dorset (29th August) and the Unlimited Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, London (30th August – 9th September). This work is supported by LOCOG and the Arts Council through an Unlimited Commission.

In ‘Part 1 – Finding Freedom’, The underwater wheelchair enables Sue Austin to go on a gentle, dream like exploration of an exotic underwater world.
Through unexpected juxtapositions, this work aims to excite and inspire by creating images that transform preconceptions.
You can find out more at www.wearefreewheeling.org.uk

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