Who says roller coasters aren’t art?
Here at Dead Pond, We’re above the labels and the elitist attitudes of the art world, if somebody thinks that what they’ve created is art, was a labor of love, blood, sweat and tears – and usually has a disgustingly twisted message – then sure, its Art.
And the Euthanasia Coaster definitely has a dark purpose, it’s all in the name really.
Designed by Julijonas Urbonas, a PHD candidate at the Royal College of Art in London, the roller coaster is an art concept piece and his entry in the 2010 HUMAN+ expo where he stated that the goal of his concept coaster is to take lives “with elegance and euphoria”.
The idea came to Urbonas when he met the president of Tobbagon Coasters, America’s leading roller coaster designers. He was inspired by there vision of the ideal roller coaster as one that “sends out 24 people and they all come back dead”, a hypothetical machine engineered to end a life humanely; and with the thrill of a roller coaster ride. No more “drink the blue cup of heart stopping liquid” and wait for death, as is in vogue for modern euthanasia.
The design starts with a steep-angled crawl to the 510-metre top, which would take two minutes for the 24-passenger to reach, allowing time to take in the supposed breath taking views. From there, a 500-metre drop would take the train/cart to 360 kilometres per hour (220 mph), close to its terminal velocity, before flattening out and speeding into the first of its seven slightly clothoid inversions (Big loop-de-loops). Each inversion would have a smaller diameter than the one before in order to maintain a staggering 10 Gs on the passengers while the train loses speed. After a sharp right-hand turn the train would enter a straight, where unloading of bodies and loading of passengers could take place.
These sudden turns and accelerated speeds would would kill the coasters passengers through prolonged cerebral hypoxia, or insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain. Taking 60 seconds, 10 Gs of force would cause g-force related symptoms starting with “Grey outs” and tunnel vision, to black out and eventually loss of consciousness.
Everyone has a different tolerance to G forces, so the first two inversions are designed to render the passengers brain dead.
5 inversions follow, serving as insurance against “unintentional survival of particularly robust passengers”. The term over kill comes to mind.
The coaster is still only a concept, with construction going as far as a 150:000 scale model, Urbonas doesn’t see it being built in full until “…the future where the politics of technologies are much less centralized and more creative, diversified and democratic.”
I want to stay away from the whole assisted suicide debate, and look at this concept personally. It’s such a novel, adrenaline fulled way to exit this world, that captures that communal experience of intensity you share with your fellow passengers on a regular roller coaster; to go from 220 miles per hour to eternal nothingness in less than sixty seconds with no pain. Urbonas has put the “fun” back in EuFUNasia.
Check out Urbonas explaining his design.
Also, this bizarre Japanese CGI video shows a 3D ride of the roller coaster…