I conquered my fear of liquid Nitrogen and received training in cryogenics.
When I returned to my desk I wrote this short piece – not sure who I was thinking of?
Cryogenics chamber that stores DNA samples
The casting with the hollow cavity measured by discrete methods that had been filled with plaster was now cold and solidified. The plaster cast had the weight of the human that was to be placed inside the outer stainless steel mould plus a volume of liquid nitrogen. Exactly ninety three point five kilo’s. Body weight of ninety one point five plus two point five litres of liquid nitrogen equivalent to 2 kilograms. The body would not be in a state of decomposition but anesthetised to the point of near death. I work as a mould maker in a foundry mainly cleaning up after other co-workers. I observe my co-workers as they melt the aluminium blocks in the ovens with temperatures over 700 degrees. When liquefied the men pour the molten metal within a framework of different shapes or within plaster and polystyrene foam mouldings.
It was on a day when the foundry had been given a special order for a full set of medieval Roman armour that I realised the potential of an aluminium body cast. This included the Roman helmet, leg armour or greaves, shield ornamented with lion’s head and upper body armour or Lorica Segmenta with layered aluminium arm protectors.
My cast would be a design in two pieces, front and back so that the unconscious body would lay inside. I have the means to use a hoist and the ability to weld one side of the front to back. The masterpiece shall have a layered edge along the other side with large hinges that seal tight. A hole in the top at the front will allow me to pour the liquid Nitrogen inside with a screw cap to encase the vapours freezing at minus 195 degrees.
When I want to play I can release the vapour from the top and wait for the moment when I can release the hinges. The waiting will increase the release of the hormone neurotransmitter adrenaline throughout my body increasing my blood pressure so I will be wet with perspiration. It will pulsate through my skin electrifying my heart so that it pounds in my chest. The exhilaration will be overwhelming as the time approaches to unveil what lies within the casket and the potential of a fantasy realised.