Sue Austin- disabled underwater acrobat. Sue Austin, disabled north Devon woman is believed to be the world's first underwater acrobat in a wheelchair
, using her specially-adapted wheelchair to perform underwater ballet.
The chair is powered by two motors and Ms Austin steers the wheelchair by operating two plastic "wings" either side of the chair.
She said: "This work is about showing that in spite of working with mental and physical limitations, it is still possible if you have a passion about something to transcend those issues."
Sue Austin, an artist who sparked controversy in Plymouth (UK) when she painted white lines around the city as part of an art project in 2009, defies stereotypes again by “flying” underwater in her specially designed wheelchair.
The project, “Creating the Spectacle!” was commissioned by the Unlimited program and has received awards of nearly £50,000 ($80,000) for funding the project. The Unlimited program is part of the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad.
Austin, a Masters level fine art student at Plymouth University, performs with an aquatic wheelchair that allows her to “fly” through the water, propelled by two motors. She operates the two Perspex “wing” fins with motion from her knees that controls levers built into the chair. The result of all of the creativity and technology is raising awareness for disabilities.
“The stereotypes of disability are very powerful,” Austin explained. “And they can be fatal because people can be so overwhelmed when their life changes. One man told me. ‘Wow, if you can do that then I can do anything’.”
“Sue’s projects always push the boundaries and are all about giving her a sense of freedom she would not normally experience,” stated David Hotchkiss, center manager of the Innovation for the Creative and Cultural Industries (ICCI) at Plymouth University. “The preparation work so far is going well and I know the performance will have a positive impact on everyone who sees it.”
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