The ride of your life...

Monday 09 May 2011

Julijonas Urbonas presents his hypothetical design for the ultimate thrill seeker

Designer, artist, engineer and PhD student in Design Interactions at London’s Royal College of Art, Julijonas Urbonas recently went public with his highly controversial concept design entitled ‘Euthanasia Coaster’.

The hypothetical design seeks to end human life ‘humanely, with elegance and euphoria’, and has been calculated under information provided by Dr. Michael Gresty of the Spatial Disorientation Lab at Imperial College, London.

Recipient of the Prix Ars Electronica 2010 Award of Distinction in Interactive Art, Urbonas refers to his creation as a ‘kinetic sculpture’, its numerous spirals varying in dimension as they progress along a 7,544m track.

Supporting text suggests that riders would experience a 10g force within 60 seconds, leading them to undergo 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’.

A model and explanatory text for the concept are currently on display at the Science Gallery in Dublin, accompanied by a short greyscale film showing the potential visual effects on a human being undergoing the ‘pleasing, elegant and meaningful’ process induced by the Euthanasia Coaster.

Euthanasia Coaster from Julijonas Urbonas on Vimeo.

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