(Image above: available at the official site of Body Worlds)
A bit of a cultural agenda: a fascinating travel through human bodies can be made visiting the exposition Body Worlds, since last month in Rotterdam. The expositon aims to show to the visitors that our bodies are not only a natural and complex system of processes - but also a personal task: your body is the result of the way you choose to live your life.
The human bodies (a total of 20) used in the exposition were treated with a technique called plastination. This method was developed by German doctor ans scientist Gunther von Hagens in 1977. It consists of several stages, as follows: embalming, dissecation, removal of body fat and water, forced impregantion with silicone rubber, positioning of the body as desired and finally the curing/hardening.
BODY WORLDS is the only anatomy exposition in the world which is based on a donor program. In the world there are eleven thousand donors who decided to donate their dead bodies to be used in expositions via plastination. About thirty donators are Dutch. (if you wish to know more about donating your body for plastination visit: http://www.koerperspende.de/en )
In The Netherlands you can visit the exposition in LP II In Las Palmas Rotterdam up to the 23rd January 2011. Below, two beautiful videos to give you an impression.
Our life is made by the death of others. (Leonardo da Vinci)