Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Artist Puts His Heart Into Protective Gear For Protestors

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Anyone who’s been bonked with a baton during a protest might want to take a look at a South African artist’s newest creation.

It’s a round, bright red puffy suit that spans from the top of the head to the groin and monitors and amplifies a protestor’s heartbeat.

Creator Ralph Borland calls it Suited For Subversion and says it was easy to come up with the stuffed PVC suit because, he says, “I’m an artist but I also work with technology and I’m an activist.”

Borland says the padded suit shows the humanity of the protestor by amplifying the heartbeat through a small speaker and as an added bonus, it covers the typical “strike zones” for batons – the head, shoulders, collarbone and groin.

Borland admits the suit is, “actually quite hot and heavy,” so he’d like to work on an inflatable version that can be blown up with a bike pump.

Photographs of Borland donning the puffy piece – clothed and unclothed – are up on his website,

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