The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies
For the first time ever in the Midwest, the Saint Louis Science Center will bring the acclaimed Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies to St. Louis October 19 for a limited engagement in the Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME.
Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS 3 is the culmination of the German scientist and physician's 30-year career in anatomy. Like its predecessors, BODY WORLDS 3 presents more than 200 authentic specimens, including organs and whole body specimens, that have undergone
Plastination-von Hagens' groundbreaking method of halting decomposition and preserving the body after death for medical study, which he invented in 1977. But von Hagens says the St. Louis exhibition captures the evolution and refinement of his invention to its outer limits.
"We are very proud to bring this spectacular exhibition to St. Louis," said Doug King, President and CEO of the Science Center. "In every city where it has appeared, BODY WORLDS has awed the public and sparked meaningful discussions about the complexity of human mechanics and the diseases that affect it."
BODY WORLDS 3 has previously appeared in only two other American cities and one in Canada. It is the third and most recent of the internationally-renowned exhibitions by Dr. von Hagens.
During Plastination, all bodily fluids and soluble fats are replaced with reactive resins and elastomers such as silicon rubber and epoxy, through vacuum-forced impregnation. After gas, heat, or light curing, the specimens assume rigidity and permanence.
"The purpose of Plastination from its very inception was a scientific one, to educate medical students. But the interest that laypeople had in the plastinated specimens inspired me to think of creating public exhibitions, which was followed by the realization that I had to offer a heightened sense of aesthetics, to avoid shocking the public and to capture their imagination," said von Hagens.
The striking whole-body plastinates in BODY WORLDS 3-people who in their lifetime donated their bodies for Plastination for the express purpose of educating future generations about health-allow viewers to see inside the staggeringly complex and completely interconnected network of muscles, tendons and blood vessels that make up our bodies. Many of the whole-body plastinates in BODY WORLDS 3 will be on display for the first time.
"This educational exhibition will enhance the public's understanding of the human body in an unprecedented format," King said. "BODY WORLDS 3 is a transforming experience. Visitors will encounter both the resilience and fragility of the human body. They will discover how a body works when it is healthy and how it breaks down when it is not."
King said the aesthetic, accessible displays invite contemplation, study, and reflection of the power and vulnerability of the human body by everyone.
"BODY WORLDS 3 is a collaboration, a joint quest towards enlightenment between donor, anatomist, and visitor," said Dr. von Hagens. More than 22 million visitors in 35 cities across Asia, Europe, and North America have engaged in the pact since its debut in Japan in 1996, and more than 7,000 donors including 142 Americans have bequeathed their bodies to von Hagens'
For more information about the exhibition, Plastination, or body donation, visit www.bodyworlds.com.