Have you wondered how you developed from an unborn fetus? With a fascination for the human body, my visit to Body Worlds has been both inspiring and intriguing. It left me in awe at the marvels of the human body.
For those of you who are not familiar with Body Worlds, it is an exhibit that features real human bodies and organs that have been preserved through a process called Plastination,
The specimens, from gastrointestinal tracts to organs, all revealing their inner workings, have been preserved through Plastination, a process that replaces fluids and fats with acetone and allows the tissues to last indefinitely. Plastination was invented by Dr. von Hagens in 1977.
It is powerful to witness the complexity of the human body. This can lead to profound changes in how we view our bodies, and how we take care of it.
I expected it to be very explicit but didn’t think the exhibition was disturbing in any way.
The Body Worlds exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to be educated about anatomy, physiology, and healthy living. BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life shows the human body’s complexity and resilience via anatomical studies of the body in distress, disease and optimal health. Its particular focus is on the human life cycle. It shows the body living through time, at its most radiant and as it changes, grows, matures and finally wanes.
The exhibition brings a new dimension to the term edutainment, the act of learning through a medium that both educates and entertains. It allows school children to experience text books coming to life and to discover in dramatic and fascinating detail how the body works and why it fails.
The body is so fragile and vulnerable, and yet so resilient and forgiving. It has a memory so that what we do to it matters, but it also has a dynamic consciousness so that giving up unhealthy lifestyles or taking up exercise, even small changes, can make a difference.
The arresting sight of the blackened lung of a cigarette smoker next to a healthy lung has prompted countless visitors to swear off smoking, while the diseased shrunken liver next to its healthy counterpart has prompted many to surrender alcohol.
Our body’s fate is in our hands and the earlier we begin to take care of it, the more we benefit.
I found myself thinking “How did this person die?” “Was that fetus aborted or miscarried?”
There must be people who had some sense “knocked” into “wayward” kids who choose to smoke. The visuals are enough to influence their usually intelligent brains. My son, especially, is a very visual learner. It’s one thing to hear about a hip replacement, and something else to actually see the hip joint.
I particularly enjoyed the digestive system exhibit. Teachers try their best to describe how long it is, but this piece show us just how long it really is. I would recommend this exhibit for all ages above 6yrs. Listen to the audio guides for added information.
The current show, “Body Worlds and the Cycle of life,” is currently touring the world.
An amazing and fascinating journey to learn about one’s body from the cell to the organs and bones.
I found all of the exhibits fascinating. The intricacies and immaculate detail is phenomenal. Photography is not allowed inside, so I can’t post my own interpretations of the exhibits.
The exhibition is in its final South African run at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit (The Paddocks), Midrand, Gauteng, until 24 November before heading back to Europe.
Date: 12 September to Sunday, 24 November 2013
Venue: Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit (The Paddocks), Gauteng
Ticket Prices: Adults: R140.00 per person
Concessions Seniors (60+)/ Students (18+): R110.00 per person
Children (Ages 6-17): R90.00 per person
Children (5 and younger): Free
Family Tickets (2 Adults & 2 Children): R400.00
Tickets available from the venue or online from Webtickets.
Group Bookings: Tel: 071 547 5558 / www.bodyworlds.co.za
Opening Times: Doors open every day 09:00 to 17:00 (last admission).
More Info: http://www.bodyworlds.co.za