Tuesday, February 20, 2007

"Body worlds 3" reacquainting us with our bodies

[Source: Katy Gill] -- Thought you were familiar with your body? Think again. The Arizona Science Center has recently opened its new exhibit, Gunther von Hagen's BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies, which features over 200 human specimens. Although this exhibit is one of a rather uncommon nature, it is a unique and educational experience which allows visitors to explore the anatomy and functions of the human body in a way no text book could offer. Visitors can explore the inner workings of the body and physically see the effects of disease and lifestyle choices.

Several whole bodies are featured in the exhibit, positioned in ways we see people every day, enabling visitors to become familiar with the muscles that allow us to jump, or the bones that keep us standing, all preserved through a patented process called plastination. Plastination puts a stop on the deterioration that occurs after death and replaces bodily fluids with soluble fats and reactive polymers through vacuum forced impregnation. The bodies are then posed and harden after curing with gas, heat or light. Grossed out yet? Specimens, collected from generous donors, are posed in order for visitors to view countless physiological features and relate them to his or her own body. If you thought your hair color and the bump in your nose are what made up your individuality, see the human body from a different perspective, from within.

The exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Arizona Science Center, located on the Northwest corner of Washington and 7th Streets in Heritage and Science Park. Tickets for BODY WORLDS 3 are available for purchase either by phone or web and cost between $16 and $22 for non-members and $18.50 for college students. After hours rates apply after 5 p.m. For more information or to make an online purchase, click here and go to the exhibition link.