Ryan Seary lost his left foot and hand while working on explosives removal in Afghanistan. Knowing that Seary was “always looking for ways to pimp up his leg,” doctors put him in touch with Barata, she said. The result was a surreal design that plays with the line dividing the natural and artificial.
The leg features detachable faux muscles that were first mocked up as a 3-D drawing, then 3-D printed and painted. The sculptural cover attaches to Seary’s C-Leg, a microprocessor-controlled knee, and, at the other end, an artificial foot that is molded to partially resemble a real limb.
Reflecting on his experience in the British military, Seary said many amputees he knows have a desire to express their individuality through their new limbs.
“I think 99 percent of the amputees I have met would like an alternative limb, as we tend to think of our prosthetics more as items of clothing, like extended shoes or accessories,” Seary said on the Alternative Limb Project’s website.