Belgian art collector Geert Verbeke hopes to be the first man with a piece of bulletproof skin
He was known in Belgium already as a slightly eccentric art collector, but today it seems as if the whole world is talking about Geert Verbeke, collector of collages and bio art and owner of the Verbeke Collection (Kemzeke, Belgium): he is aiming to be the first man with a piece of bulletproof skin, as an ode to bio art. The only problem? So far he hasn’t found a surgeon who wants to implant it.
The piece of skin is actually called 2.6g 329m/s, and is a project by Dutch artist Jalila Essaïdi. It consists of spider silk seeded with human cells, developed by three Dutch and one American laboratory. With her project Essaïdi wants to explore the social, political, ethical and cultural issues surrounding safety. Which forms of safety are socially important, is the question she wants to raise.
For the moment the piece of skin is exhibited at Naturalis, the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity in Leiden (Netherlands). You’ll find an article from The Guardian about the project here, and you’ll find Essaïdi’s site with plenty of info here.