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Amazing Bodies Exhibition - Melbourne Australia
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Kallisti
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 Posted: Thu Jul 1st, 2010 05:09 am
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Hi All,

For those of you in Melbourne at the moment, I found this and thought you might be interested. Reposted from my website for you here:

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I've stumbled across a poster for this last night on the walk home from the office: The Amazing Bodies Exhibition, currently on display at Melbourne's Docklands until 31 August 2010.

The exhibition will move to Sydney, Perth, Brisbane soon, although dates and venues are not yet announced.

Open daily from 10am (excluding Sundays) tickets cost $25 for Adults, Children $17. Groups of 15+ and families can secure further discounts.

What makes this exhibition more interesting than your run of the mill museum stand is the process - plastination is the process of replacing bodily fluids with polymers, pioneered in 1977 by a professor Von Hagens who has a reputation for the interesting and controversial: In 2002 he televised an autopsy and he aims to complete a 'Museum of Man' to permanently exhibit human specimens.

During the process of plastination about 70% of the body (mainly fluids and fats) are replaced by polymers such as silicone rubber or polyester resin, using a special vacuum process. Using plastination, it is now possible to preserve natural anatomical specimens and even whole bodies. The features and structures of the specimens are retained in this process. The end results are durable, real and aesthetic preservations that can be used for teaching and research purposes; and as this exhibition demonstrates, for general education. Each specimen requires more than 5,000 man hours to produce, and is a mix of art and science.

Composed of animal and human whole body specimans, slices and organs this is a great opportunity to get up close with the inner workings!

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 Posted: Thu Jul 1st, 2010 06:17 am
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Hi all,

I went to see von Hagen's exhibition when it was in London last summer - its worth going to see if you get a chance.

He also has a similarly dissected and plastinated horse and giraffe which is awesome.

Dorothy

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 Posted: Mon Jul 5th, 2010 12:40 am
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Dr Gunther Von Hagens has an anatomy tv series that is shown in Australia that I often watch. It involves disections of plastinated humans.  Very interesting if a little stomach churning at times.

I will go and see that exhibition I think

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 Posted: Mon Jul 5th, 2010 03:00 am
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I saw one of his exhibits when it was in Philadelphia. It was a fascinating way to see the body. I recommend going if you get the chance. The horse and rider was amazing.
Clara

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 Posted: Wed Jul 14th, 2010 01:00 am
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In the exhibit in Calgary they have a camel with baby in utero. Docents told us they are working on an all animal edition to send touring in future.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 5th, 2010 11:46 am
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The anatomy series of his was shown on TV here too - quite a few years ago. It was very interesting.


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