First underwater wheelchair to debut in London

British Artist Sue Austin explores the ocean's depths in her underwater wheelchair. (Screengrab)

British Artist Sue Austin explores the ocean's depths in her underwater wheelchair. (Screengrab)

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, Last Updated: 12:26 PM ET

A British artist will perform swimming pool acrobatics in the world's first underwater wheelchair this week in London.

Sue Austin, a wheelchair-bound artist, invented and helped create the prototype and she'll be demonstrating what it can do at the London 2012 Festival Wednesday through Saturday.

"I'm thrilled that lots of people have been inspired by the project already, many of them telling me how seeing the wheelchair underwater has made them want to try it too. They're realising that it's actually extending the boundaries for all of us," said Austin in a press release.

"We've created something new and exciting and it's really getting people talking. As a result, they're realising that viewing the world from a different perspective inspires them to be free to explore new experiences."

Austin built the device from a National Health Service wheelchair, which she and her team spent months making water-ready. It's equipped with swimming floats, fins and two foot-controlled drive propulsion vehicles.

The exhibition is called Creating the Spectacle and is funded by Unlimited, an Arts Council program that celebrates the work of disabled artists.

A series of web videos will be posted online leading up to the live demonstration.

 

 


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