This is remarkable. British artist Sue Austin created an awesome underwater wheelchair for use in a choreographed series of acrobatic underwater performances as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Wheelchair-bound since 1996, Sue designed the world’s first self-propelled unwaterwater wheelchair with assistance from dive experts and academics.
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 to SmartPlanet, 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.
This inspiring underwater wheelchair project, entitled “Finding Freedom,” is part of Sue’s larger, ongoing Freewheeling project.
Watch wonderfully dreamy video about the “Finding Freedom” project here.
[via Telegraph.co.uk and Neatorama]