Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life

(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: )

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)


Invader_Stu said...

I'm still not sure if I would really like to go or if I would get creeped out while there. I think the first option is winning though.

Anita said...

Stu, when I was 18 I had to deliver a package at a medicine school building in Brazil. Because nobody was seeing me, I could peek inside a room of anatomy lessons. It took a good while until the students realised I was observing them. The corpses were very cut (many organs outside) at that moment and for weeks I couldn't forget what I had seen. So I am over it now (I suppose, hehehe!).

Cucchiaio pieno said...

Oi querida
Como voce esta'?
Adoro esse tipo de exposição!
Tem que ter muita coragem para doar o próprio corpo, temos medo de doar até mesmo um único orgao! Muito legal.
Bjo grande

Anita said...

100% de certeza que vou doar minhas corneas. Alias, tudo ne ?