I See Dead People

Today I went to see the Bodyworlds exhibition before it finished its run in London.

The exhibition consists of a number of anatomical displays. There are a large number of smaller displays which show various parts of bodies, but the major part is the two dozen complete bodies which are displayed in various artistic poses. For example one man stands there, complete except for his skin – which is thrown casually over his arms like a raincoat.

And in case you’re not clear – these are real human corpses. The owners donated them to the exhibition before their death. The Bodyworlds people then put the body thru a process they call “plastinisation” which preserves the it and allows them to create these “works of art”.

I enjoyed my trip to the exhibition. I’d recommend it to anyone. Although I confess to finding the juxtaposition of art and science to be a little strange.


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