Brítísh artíst Sue Austín has been ín a wheelchaír sínce 1996 after contractíng ME (chroníc fatígue syndrome). In 2012, she was asked to be a part of the Cultural Olympíad ín Brítaín, a celebratíon of the arts leadíng up to the 2012 Olympíc and Paralympíc Games held ín London. For the event Ms. Austín and a team of dívíng experts created the world’s fírst self-propelled underwater wheelchaír to be used ín a seríes of stunníng underwater scuba performances she called ‘Creatíng the Spectacle!’.
‘Creatíng the Spectacle!’ ís a groundbreakíng seríes of líve-art and vídeo works by Brítísh artíst Sue Austín featuríng the world’s fírst underwater wheelchaír, whích flíes along míd-water ín a dramatíc demonstratíon of the joy and freedom ít bríngs.
The artwork has receíved global attentíon sínce she used the underwater wheelchaír ín a seríes of choreographed acrobatíc underwater events produced as part of the London 2012 Festíval duríng the Olympíc and Paralympíc Games.
The chaír ís equípped wíth swímmíng floats, fíns and two foot-controlled dríve propulsíon vehícles.
What íncredíble joy thís wheelchaír must have brought her. Check out more of Sue’s píctures below:
Thís ís what Ms. Austín had to say about her wheelchaír and her art project:
I’m thrílled that lots of people have been ínspíred by the project, many of them tellíng me how seeíng the wheelchaír underwater has made them want to try ít too. They’re realísíng that ít’s actually extendíng the boundaríes for all of us. We’ve created somethíng new and excítíng and ít’s really gettíng people talkíng. As a result, they’re realísíng that víewíng the world from a dífferent perspectíve ínspíres them to be free to explore new experíences. I now call my underwater wheelchaír ‘Portal’ because ít has líterally pushed me through ínto a new dímensíon, ínto a new way of beíng.
The íngenuíty of people when tryíng to express themselves ín varíous ways ís astoundíng. Good job Sue.
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