The arm with interchangeable elements
A collaborative design by Sophie de Oliveira Barata, Dani Clode & Jason Taylor
For Kelly Knox
Photography by Simon Clemenger
The Alternative Limb Project, 2017
“Wow, this arm blew me away.. it’s like you got inside my mind!
I love absolutely EVERYTHING about it.
I felt strong, confident, mystical and magical when we shot it with Simon.
I felt like it was part of me, not separate.. which was totally unexpected!
My favourite piece!!!”
The Materialise arm comes in two halves: the underside is highly realistic, expertly crafted in skin-like-silicone skin side, to represent Kelly’s physical body; the upper half is designed with interchangeable sections, each of which represent various elements, reflecting her emotional and spiritual self.
The arm was created by a combination of 3D printing, CNC routing, hand carving and sculpting, using steel, rock, earth, wood, moss, oil, cork, wool, bronze, rhodium and gold. The two halves of the arm form a strong visual connection between the physical and metaphysical.