Monday, December 24, 2007

Body Worlds II Exhibit

If you have an interest in the human body or medical science, this is a most impressive and artfully-staged exhibit! This exhibit contains numerous human cadavers that have been plasticized in a variety of poses (e.g. skateboarding, ballet pirouette, ice dancing) to show what happens within the interior of the body when taking those positions.

There is a morbid element to overcome in preparing to visit this exhibit, because these are real bodies of people no longer living. All the individuals' bodies on display have been donated to science, and this exhibit truly provides a scientific education to the people who visit it and does a magnificent job of making a disturbing topic interesting.

This is an exhibit you must emotionally prepare for. If you are at all squeamish about the body or its' functions, think twice about going. But if you do go, be prepared to spend three hours with the displays and reading the signage. I also highly recommend the audio as it provides additional resource information that you will not get through the exhibit signage.

For an image from the show (since I didn't want to post it here considering the nature of this blog), please visit http://www.thetech.org/bodyworld/.

The exhibit is now showing at The Tech Museum of Innovation through January 26, 2008.

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