one woman's view into a world of creativity

Art Prosthetics

Check out what creative new ideas they’re coming up with over at The Alternative Limb Project.  While the artisans at The Alternative Limb Project do make traditional prosthetics, designed to look natural and be unobtrusive, they’re also creating a new flavor of prosthetics they call “alternative limbs.”  Rather than let prosthetics be artifacts of people’s disabilities, they’re turning them into empowering extensions of the people wearing them.  Instead of them being objects of pain or loss, they’re making them into representations of individuality and creativity.  As their website says,

An alternative-style limb can help to break down social barriers, delight the eye and provide an unusual talking point.

They’re making works of art that instigate conversations!  Curiosity about the artwork is helping people make connections and broach what is sometimes a taboo subject.  Suddenly that person is no longer a stranger; they become a flesh and blood person who is defined by more than their missing limb.

Check out these beautiful works of art showcased on their website. I’m only sharing a few of the pictures from their website, so be sure to check out the rest at The Alternative Limb Project.

The Alternative Limb Project, floral leg for Kiera Roch

Viktoria Modesta photographed by and copyright of Jon Enoch

Wooden arm photographed by Delphine Doidy

Crystallized Leg made for Viktoria Modesta playing the Ice Queen at the London 2012 Paralympic Closing ceremony fitted at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sponsored by Swarovski

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  1. […] But I still hadn’t made the connection between Aimee Mullins and Matthew Barney.  It was when I got curious about Mullins that I watched more of her TED talks.  It was in this one that I had my a-ha moment.  In the video Mullins talks about her project with Barney and how she wore custom made artistic prosthetics for the photoshoots.  She projects an image from their collaboration onto a large screen, showing how she played the role of the cheetah woman.  In her TED Talk she challenged viewers to reinvision the relationship between functionality and aesthetics when it comes to prosthetics.  (I touched on this idea in my earlier post about artistic prosthetics.) […]

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