Pals of mine went to see the Body Worlds exhibit at the California Science Center and were so engrossed/grossed out, they made a point of telling me to go, go, go. Sadly, my plans to do so last week were thwarted, so I’m going to spend one weeknight this week (to avoid the crowds, silly) taking in all the educational horrors.
See, Body Worlds is the brainchild (heh) of Gunther von Hagens, the curiously fedora-ed German anatomist who in 1977 perfected a technique called “plastination” which preserves human corpses for study and display. Plastination is exactly what it sounds like: It “replaces bodily fluids and fat with reactive polymers, such as silicone rubber, epoxy resins, or polyester.” So, you know, ew. But cool.
Body Worlds is on a world tour, and its appearance at the Science Center is its only stop on the west coast. Yay for us!
I personally can’t wait to see the corpse on a corpse horse, but if they have that guy holding his own freakin’ skin (above), or blood vessel head guy (right), it’s gonna be the Best Field Trip Ever!