Neil Harbisson is an artist and an officially recognised cyborg. By means of an electronic antenna implanted in his skull, he can listen to colours.
Neil was born with achromatopsia, a rare form of colour blindness that only allows him to see in greyscale. Today, thanks to his eyeborg, the cybernetic eye that translates light frequencies into sounds, he can distinguish the colours found in the sonochromatic scale that he himself created.
Colour and sound are two of the senses Arrels is obsessed with, so when we heard about Neil, we couldn’t think of a better ambassador to embody the brand and present it to the world. At present, Neil Harbisson’s is the image of Arrels.
Barcelona is a shoe with a soundtrack that Neil Harbisson designed using his sonochromatic scale. The lines are a reflection of the legendary song that Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé sang for the 1992 Olympics.