Groups of miners getting ready to enter the mine.Safety products for local production and repair

An illuminating object is conventionally developed to be ‘turned on’ in an isolated dark environment. User considerations dictate this to be reversed; during any failure or miscomprehension, the object should remain on, illuminating this underground environment.

Products designed for miners in Bolivia.

The mechanical functions are enlarged for gloved workers; an internal switch also allows illuminated battery replacement. The product has been considered to allow self-repair and the notion of remote on-site manufacture has informed the detail, aesthetic and components. The projects intentions were to engage digital manufacture, enabling communities to build their own onsite products.

Collaboration with the miners of San José Mountain (Oruro) and lecturer Ximena Cordova, Photography, Nick Ballon.