Body Worlds and the Brain is, to me, the perfect intersection of art and science. To sum it up in a sentence it is essentially human bodies preserved by a patented process called Plastination and displayed to teach the public, in a somewhat unorthodox and thoughtful way, all about how our bodies work. The fact that this preservation process which was created in 1977 by a physician (Gunther Von Hagens) in order to preserve specimens for anatomy courses has sparked one of the world’s most engaged public exhibits ever, traveling to galleries and science centres like Science World and being exposed to tens of millions of people around the world, is such an awesome thing. We are incredibly lucky to have Body Worlds come back to Vancouver and though walking through this exhibit may make some uneasy, for most it fills us with wonder and appreciation for our own bodies.
It’s on for a limited time at Science World at Telus World of Science and is ending shortly after the winter break. An insider’s tip is that you might want to visit ASAP to have the best possible visitor experience and beat the winter break out-of-school crowds!
This is the last of a few posts I’m sharing, highlighting some things that I learned/appreciated at the exhibit. I didn’t technically learn as much from these as the previous things I posted about but I wanted to post them to demonstrate what I meant when I mentioned the “perfect intersection of art and science”. These wild pieces of art are meant to help us better undersatnd what lies beneath our skin. And they are really awesome.
NOTE: The following images are graphic. Do not continue reading if you don’t want to see anything graphic. Seriously.
Learn all about the exhibit at ScienceWorld.ca/BodyWorlds