Friday, March 30, 2007

"Bodies Exhibition" Showing at SouthPoint in Durham

From an item in the Durham Herald-Sun:

Southpoint hosts 'Bodies' exhibit "Bodies ... The Exhibition" will open Thursday [3-29-2007] at the Streets at Southpoint. Already seen by more than three million visitors, the exhibition features real, whole and partial body specimens that have been dissected and preserved, giving individuals the opportunity to view the complexity of their own organs and systems like never before. This ground breaking exhibition provides an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body.
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Tickets can be obtained by logging on to www.BodiesTickets.com or by calling 866-866-8265. Organizers urge the purchase of advance tickets to ensure admittance when the exhibition opens. Ticket prices are $24.50 for adults, $22.50 for seniors 62 and over and $18.00 for children (4-12). An accompanying audio tour is available for $6.00. Discounted prices are available to groups. Exhibition hours are Mondays through Thursdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

I had the good fortune to see this exhibit in Atlanta last year and I highly recommend it for both its aesthetic and educational value. You should understand beforehand, however, that the exhibit consists of what is essentially art made using real human cadavers. As a concept, that is not for everyone. And even as a fan of the work, I have to say it's not a trend I especially hope catches on. If you were paying close attention, you might recognize this exhibition as the backdrop for a scene in the most recent James Bond film.

To read more about the process used to create the work, see: Plastination [Wikipedia]
Also of interest: a recent Washington Post article on the exhibit.

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