Bodyworlds

Posted on by Hannah Waugh

Gunther von Hagens is a German anatomist that invented the technique of preserving biological tissue specimens, to keep it from decaying, called plastination. He also developed Bodyworks an exhibition that showcases whole bodies plastinated in lifelike poses dissected to show the structures and systems of the human anatomy.

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Bodyworlds at MOSI by Gunter Von Hagen

To produce the exhibit Gunter has over 300 employees at five laboratories in four countries, each one has a speciality. For example the lab in China specialises in animals for the exhibition, there was a giraffe that appeared in “Bodyworks 3 & The Story of the Heart” is said to be one of the hardest specimens they have made, the giraffe took 3 years to make and it took around ten people to move the giraffe because of its final weight as it would have weighed roughly the same is it would alive.

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Bodyworlds at MOSI by Gunter Von Hagen

The Bodyworks exhibition has been to more that 5o cities around the world and Bodyworks 2, 3 & 4 have all had more that 26 million visitors around the world. By march 2015 the program that collects the bodies for the exhibition has around 15,000 donors world wide, according to the site 13,843 are living and 1,557 of the donations are deceased.

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Bodyworlds at MOSI by Gunter Von Hagen

exhibition artwork museum body dead person

Bodyworlds at MOSI by Gunter Von Hagen

The Bodyworlds 4 exhibition was available to view at MOSI from February 22 – 29th June 2008. You can read about the method of plastination here.

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Bodyworlds at MOSI by Gunter Von Hagen

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Bodyworlds at MOSI by Gunter Von Hagen

body worlds artwork art museum dead body

Bodyworlds at MOSI by Gunter Von Hagen

body worlds museum art artwork dead body

Bodyworlds at MOSI by Gunter Von Hagen

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