When I first saw Massoud Hassani's latest work of art I was struck by its beauty. Once I understood its function I was absolutely astounded by the intersection of art and solution. Because, you see, while beautiful, its purpose is to save lives. How? It began when Massoud was a child in Afghanistan and he learned to fashion toys out of a variety of materials that could be carried by the wind. These childhood experiments transformed into what you see in this image.
So what is it a solution to? When placed in an open area and propelled by the wind it detects and detonates land mines. That is truly astonishing. Mine Kafon successfully funded its Kickstarter campaign last year and has become internationally recognized as a viable solution to a problem that plagues more of the world than you can imagine.
Here's some detail on how it works as explained by Massoud : "Now if it rolls over a mine, the toy, now a Mine Kafon, will destroy itself and the landmine in the same time. Made from bamboo and biodegradable plastics, the Mine Kafon also has a GPS chip integrated in it. You can follow its movement on the website and see were it went, where are the safest paths to walk on and how many land mines are destroyed in that area. On paper, Afghanistan is said to have 10 million land mines. In truth there are far, far more. Every destroyed land mine means a saved life and every life counts.”
You can see the beauty in action here:
Beyond Afghanistan there are an incredible amount of landmines around the world. Here's a 2011 video of his first presentation on the idea. The info and map on where landmines are located on each continent will leave you speechless.
I encourage you to read more about this ingenious artist at his website : http://massoudhassani.blogspot.com/