Euthanasia Coaster

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“Euthana­sia Coaster” is a hypo­thet­i­cal euthana­sia machine in the form of a roller coaster engi­neered to humanely – with ele­gance and eupho­ria – take the life of a human being. Rid­ing the coaster’s track, the rider is sub­jected to a series of inten­sive motion ele­ments that induce var­i­ous unique expe­ri­ences: from eupho­ria to thrill, and from tun­nel vision to loss of con­scious­ness, and, even­tu­ally, death. Thanks to the mar­riage of the advanced cross-​​disciplinary research in aeronautics/​space med­i­cine, mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing, mate­r­ial tech­nolo­gies and, of course, grav­ity, the fatal jour­ney is made pleas­ing, ele­gant and meaningful.

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Cel­e­brat­ing the lim­its of the human body, this ‘kinetic sculp­ture’ is in fact the ulti­mate roller coaster: John Allen,former pres­i­dent of the famed Philadel­phia Tobog­gan Com­pany, once said that “the ulti­mate roller coaster is built when you send out twenty-​​four peo­ple and they all come back dead. This could be done, you know.»

Design, engi­neer­ing: Juli­jonas Urbonas
Health issues: Dr. Michael Gresty, Spa­tial Dis­ori­en­ta­tion Lab, Impe­r­ial Col­lege, Lon­don
Model mak­ing: Paulius Vitkauskas
Pho­tog­ra­phy: Aistė Val­iūtė and Dau­man­tas Plechavičius

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