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Surviva-Bear: Children's Survival Kit

Surviva-Bear

A Children's Nuclear Disaster Survival Kit

Surviva-Bear                                                                                                                                                       Photo credit: Dave Pittman                                                   

Skills utilized: Sewing, speculative design, research

 

Surviva-Bear is designed to comfort and arm children with basic necessities following the event of a nuclear disaster. This bear holds all traditional survival tools found in an adult's bag; but packaged to be comforting and manageable (size, weight and huggability) for a child. Surviva-Bear is designed to be carried with the child at all times and to serve as a normal stuffed animal toy; but is convertible in an emergency situation. 

Surviva-Bear contains a survival kit that contains the following items: 1 MRE in his belly, 1 fire-starter in his right arm, 1 five-inch knife with standard and serrated blades in his left arm, 1 survival blanket in his right leg, 1 LED flashlight in his left leg, 1 whistle in his head, 1 tube of potassium iodide pills in his mouth, 1 fallout dusk mask in his lower back, and 1 map of the child's home area in his upper back (with the child's home and other "safe zones" clearly marked). Surviva-Bear was conceptualized during a sponsored studio by N Square in which we addressed nuclear security. Surviva-Bear was one part of a larger project entitled After Doomsday Devices in cooperation with Dave Pittman.

Surviva-Bear                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo credit: Dave Pittman

Surviva-Bear                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo credit: Dave Pittman