Mine Kafon, Massoud Hassani’s extraordinary mine clearing device was an instant choice for inclusion in our Art of Design series. As an elegant giant dandelion, Mine Kafon would grace any sculpture garden. But the true beauty of this design lies in its function – it is a highly intelligent device designed to locate and destroy landmines.
“Every destroyed land mine means a saved life and every life counts.” Massoud Hassani
During his childhood in Afghanistan, Massoud Hassani would make miniature models to be blown by the wind. Sometimes they would end up in a minefield, where he could not retrieve them.
Now Massoud’s wind-powered creations are designed specifically for minefields. Like a giant clump of dandelion seeds, his Mine Kafon will roll about, detonating any mines in its path. Inside each Mine Kafon deminer will be a GPS tracking device linked to a website showing which areas have been cleared.
Mine Kafon is a beautifully simple idea that could literally have a massive impact. According to Massoud, there are 30 million land mines in Afghanistan and 26 million people – more mines than people. Angola currently has nearly a 2:1 ratio of land mines to people: 20 million mines to 12 million people.
Mine Kafon’s bamboo and biodegradable plastic construction can be swiftly assembled on-site. It is also incredibly cost-effective – just €30 a time – compared to the normal cost of around €750 to deactivate a single landmine.
“Using a tool like Mine Kafon to remove landmines in countries like Angola can help repair and rebuild economic opportunities in wasted deserts, allowing people to work and live the safe life that they deserve, like every person on this planet.”
Since developing Mine Kafon, Hassani has been working with the Dutch Defence on a series of field tests. If they are successful – and suitable funding can be found – Mine Kafon has the potential to prevent devastating injuries and save lives. In the meantime, the buzz around Mine Kafon is highlighting a global problem that needs to be addressed. By delivering that message, Massoud Hassani has hit a major target.
Mine Kafon was a strong contender in the Product Design category in the London Design Museum’s Designs of the Year Awards.
We wish to take this opportunity to thank Massoud for taking part in our ‘Art of Design’ series ad wish him every success for the future.
About Massoud Hussani
Massoud Hassani escaped war-torn Kabul in Afghanistan at the age of 13. He lived in Pakistan and Uzbekistan before settling in the Netherlands in 1998.
As a recent graduate from the Design Academy Eindhoven, Massoud hopes to launch his own design business, and will be seeking investor support to help develop and market his unique design products.
Further information ..
Mine Kafon is featured in the Rhine Capital Partners monthly investment reporting for March.
- On 26th March 2012