In 1977, scientist and physician Dr Gunther von Hagens, created the process of plastination, which is a way to preserve different biological tissue specimens. Thirty-six years later, Dr Von Hagen and his wife Dr Angelina Whalley are using this process to breathe life into human cadavers at the Body Worlds exhibition in Johannesburg.
Dr von Hagens’ Body Worlds Exhibition has been on display worldwide for 15 years, however, this is the first time that this anatomical spectacle has landed on South African shores. The display, which features plastinated human cadavers in lifelike positions, has already been largely successful in Cape Town, where it was viewed by 100 000 people earlier this year.
On 20 March 2013, Body Worlds opened its doors to the Johannesburg public at the Sci- Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, where it has already obtained good reviews. Unique to the South African leg of this exhibition is the theme ‘The Cycle of Life.’ “The exhibition allows people to have a complete understanding of themselves and their bodies. It inspires them on many different levels, to take better care of themselves” said Dr Whalley.
The show will run from 20 March-30 June 2013 and more information can be found at www.bodyworlds.co.za