Thursday, April 24, 2008

BodyWorlds 2 Exhibit

I'm not sure if any of you have heard of a unique exhibit called The Body World's exhibit or not but it's on tour here in Baltimore, MD at the Science Center and let me tell you, this is the most fascinating exhibit I have ever seen in my life.

Let me give you a little background. In July 1977, while working as a scientist and research assistant at the University of Heidelberg’s Institute of Pathology and Anatomy, Dr. Gunther von Hagens created a preservation technique called plastination.

Plastination is the groundbreaking invention where all bodily fluids and soluble fat from anatomical specimens are extracted to stop decomposition, and replaced through vacuum-forced impregnation with reactive resins and elastomers, such as silicon rubber and epoxy that harden with gas, light, or heat curing, giving the specimens rigidity and permanence.

To see these actual human cadavers persevered in this manner was totally mind blowing.

Here are a few pictures;



20 People saying stuff:

MysTery said...

Uh, I'm scared.

Karen said...

I saw it in NY about a year ago. CRAZY. There was a lot of protest around it because they may have gotten the bodies unethically or something.

SSC said...

Is this why they want you to donate your body to science? I am with Mystery on this one. However in its own way it is art and research at the same time.

BTW love the new page.

Sandi McBride said...

It stayed in Charlotte for like forever and I finally dragged my sister to it...I loved it...much better than the autopsies I've had to witness! But I don't think I want to leave my body to science in this way...maybe the Body Farm?
Sandi

Jeni said...

WOW! That is amazing though - a bit on the scary side, yes but still, interesting.

1/3 of what I used to be said...

those things always creeped me out *shuddering* lol. But since its here in Bmore maybe I'll give it a try.

P.S. Love the new layout:-)

Vi said...

eeew, I don't think I could go to that!

Melissa said...

This is also on display in Cincinnati, Ohio. I plan on going sometime soon, I find all of this fascinating. It's really a once in a lifetime experience to see this exhibit.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

yea, they had the first one daown here in the ATL a while back, and u, have a great weekend

Suze's Sass said...

After seeing the last picture, I've changed my mind about donating my body to science.

I love what you've done to the place!

Mizrepresent said...

Wow, you know when it was here in Atlanta...i didn't go...gurl, i think i'm just scared of anything dead...yeah sometimes i hear dead people, lol.

CarmenSinCity said...

I think we have that exhibit here in Las Vegas - it's called Bodies and it's at the Tropicana. Anyway - you changed your blog! I was so confused at first. hehee Nice look though :)

Freckle Face Girl said...

I really wanted to see that exhibit when it came to Miami, but I couldn't get anyone to go with me. My husband thought it was horrible. I didn't feel like dragging my daughter all by myself, so I missed out. Sounds interesting to me.

Ms. Behaving said...

I think it's amazing and I'd actually like to check it out!

That last pic is creepin' me out tho...[just a lil' bit]

dmarks said...

There's a distinct possibility now that these are the bodies of executed Chinese prisoners.

Check thi story.

It started someone someone who ordered a table on eBay found a human liver in the package...

Eb the Celeb said...

I saw the bodies exhibit when it was in new york... AMAZING!

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Creepy.....yet kind of cool!

B_More BAP Life said...

I need to see this up close and personal!

Ann(ie) said...

This was in Seattle a year or so ago. People raved about it. It scared me a little.

YOUR blog however looks fabulous, girlie!!!

The Ambiguous Blob said...

I saw it in Vegas and almost threw up a few times. But yeah- it was fascinating.