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jan 03, 2013
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‘mine kafon’ by massoud hassani
image © massoud hassani

 

 

afghan product designer massoud hassani grew up in a war-torn kabul, on the edge of the desert. as a child, he and his friends used the constant
wind and relatively flat terrain to race homemade wind-powered toys across the rocky terrain. after the military occupation however, soldiers left
thousands of landmines hidden just under the topsoil, posing a deadly threat to the innocent inhabitants of the area. now, many years later,
massoud revisits the still-present mine situation that has by now claimed the lives of many citizens. using his experiences as a kid, he reinterprets his
old toys into full scale working wind machines that cost 40 euros. like a sphere made of long bamboo plungers with plastic caps, the ‘mine kafon‘ can
be rolled across the landscape without human assistance and with its many legs and adequate weight detonates forgotten landmines. as each limb is
modular and cheaply reproduced and replaced, the construct can be used time and time again at a low cost. an embedded GPS chip will transmit the
locations of cleared areas, creating a map of safe zones and saving countless lives in war-devastated regions as it combs over the ground disarming
dangerous explosives.

the project is currently seeking funding via kickstarter, with the campaign ending on january 17th, 2013;
and will become part of the MoMA collection and exhibited at the museum in march.

 

 

 


introductory video
video © ardent film trust

 

 

 


setting-up one of the detonators
image © massoud hassani

 

 

 


de-miner assembly
image © massoud hassani

 

 

 


the numerous legs and plates provide support in any direction
image © massoud hassani

 

 

 


view form the core
image  © ardent film trust

 

 

 


after having detonated a mine, a leg is blown off
image © ardent film trust

 

 

 


mine detonation
image © massoud hassani

 

 


image © massoud hassani

 

 


image © ardent film trust

 

 


first working prototype
image © massoud hassani

 

 


assembly: bamboo legs screw into the round core
image © ardent film trust

 

 


prototype
image © massoud hassani

 

 


miniature model
image © massoud hassani

 

 


model/toy renditions
image © massoud hassani

 

 


concept render
image © massoud hassani

 

 


world landmine map
image © landmine monitor report

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