Monthly Archives: January 2011

The “Body Worlds” Creator :: No Words

The first time the Body Worlds exhibition came to Los Angeles, my 15-year old mind was blown.  It was as though the drawings of Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, and Becerra had come to life, science elevated to the level of the sublime.  The young, wrinkled, fat, and fit alike reveled in the beauty of what lay beneath all of their skins as they wandered the galleries.  There was a hushed, almost church-like air of solemnity in the room housing a plasticized mother and fetus–not because museum visitors were shocked, but because they were in awe of the miracle of their own bodies.

Now that Body Worlds creator Gunther von Hagens has announced that he is dying, I cannot, to put it simply, get over how cool he is.  He plans to have his own corpse plastinated by his wife and added to the permanent exhibition.  Explains Mr. Hagens, “my plastinated corpse will then stand in a welcoming pose at the entrance of my exhibition.” Naturally.

While we’re on the subject of how cool he is, you can purchase some of Hagens’ work here.  True to his anatomist/artist roles, these products run the gamut from more educational items like plastinated human slices (“for qualified users only!”), to “lifestyle products” like jewelry and art pieces.  The bull penis walking sticks are a bit out of my price range, but I’m seriously considering an organ-printed bag made from exhibition banners…

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