Monday, January 15, 2007

body worlds

Nothing like waiting until the last minute. There has been an exhibit here in Vancouver since mid-September. We all agreed we wanted to see it and we FINALLY got some on-line tickets (last week) for yesterday...the final day of the exhibit. It was called 'Body Worlds 3' by Dr. Gunther von Hagens. You may have heard of it. It is a display of real human bodies preserved using a process called Plastination.

It was quite facinating to say the very least. There were entire bodies, individual organs, and transparent body slices. The bodies were displayed in various poses including a hurdler, gymnast and skateboarder as seen on the brochure cover here. I have always been facinated by the workings of the human body and studied it in school many moons ago. To think that your intestines stretched in a straight line would stand four stories high or that your skin alone weighs an average of 20 pounds...we humans are pretty amazing creatures.

I truly thank all those souls who donated their bodies to be transformed and displayed using this amazing process. It is a one-of-a-kind exhibit to be sure, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about, and seeing, the human form from a very clinical, yet artistic perspective. It was very educational and somewhat surreal to be sure.

1 comment:

Shari Beaubien said...

I've heard so much about this, Deb. I'm glad you got to see it, but I think I'd just as well view it through your eyes! :) Hugs, Shari