Wonderful Engineering

Artist Converts Prosthetic Limbs Into Works Of Art

Sophie de Oliveira Barata launched her Alternative Limb Project with a vision to transform the way we see disability. She wants to give amputees an expression of their self so that the people around them would see beyond what is missing. She believes:

“It’s drawing attention to their disability in a positive way. Having an alternative limb is about claiming control and saying ‘I’m an individual and this reflects who I am.'”

de Oliveira Barata’s work was brought to limelight by Viktoria Modesta, who wore her Swarovski crystal leg to the closing ceremony of the London Paralympics.

Her work is quite opposite the industry norms; while other people are concentrating their efforts on coming up with as natural prosthetic designs as possible Sophie aims to make a loud statement with her distinct work.

You can see more of her remarkable designs in the images below:

1. Floral Porcelain Leg

Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project

 

 

2. Anatomical Leg

Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project

 

3. Brass

Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project

4. Bloomsbury Droid

Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project

 

 

5. Priscilla

Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project

 

6. Mirror Shard Blade

Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project

7. Snake Arm

Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project

8. Gadget Arm

Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project

 

9. Feather Armour

Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project

 

 

10. Stereo Leg

Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project

 

 

11. Light Leg

 

Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project

 

12. Spike Leg

Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project

13. Crystal Leg

Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project

 

 

14. Phantom Limb

Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project
Image Source: Sophie de Oliveira Barata/The Alternate Limb Project