Need a break from Ike? Come see Body Worlds 2

September 24, 2008

The Skateboarder on display at Body Worlds 2.

The Skateboarder on display at Body Worlds 2.

Today our guest blogger is Melinda Davenport, a representative from Body Worlds 2.

As my first official post on the BEYONDbones blog, I have to say this has been quite a wild past two weeks. Hope everyone is recovering from Ike slowly but surely.

If you’re interested in taking a break from the 24-hour Ike news coverage, come check out the new Body Worlds 2 and the Brain – Our Three Pound Gem exhibit at the museum. This is only the third stop for Body Worlds 2 and has already created quite a buzz amongst Houstonians.

Here’s a look at what folks that have seen the exhibit are saying:

“The most wonderful, fabulous and incredible display I’ve ever seen!”

“I loved it, and I am totally blown away by the intricacies of our amazing bodies.”
                                                          -Conroe, TX

“One of the most amazing events ever to grace my eyes. Gave my children and others a new idea to the concept of being a human!”
-Houston, TX

The cool thing is, you get to learn all about how our most important organ – the brain – functions and copes with illness and disease, and explore how brain performance can be enhanced. This time around, the exhibit incorporates 200 real human body specimens and 20 full-body specimens in dramatic life-like poses; healthy and unhealthy organs; body parts and slices – all preserved through plastination.

The Plastination process was invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, the creator of the Body Worlds exhibits. During Plastination, all bodily fluids and soluble fats are replaced with reactive resins and elastomers such as silicon rubber and epoxy through vacuum forced impregnation. After gas and heat, the specimens assume rigidity and maintain those infamous life-like dramatic poses.

Here’s my list of the must-see plastinates at the exhibit:

  1. The Skateboarder (shown above) – You’ll see what happens to your body when engaged in extreme sports and when you push your body to its limit.
  2. The Drawer Man – A unique look inside the complicated body from skin to intestines.
  3. The Exploding Man – The largest display in the exhibit featuring each and every organ.
  4. The Figure Skaters – Shows how elegant the muscles work for fine-tuned athletes.

The exhibit is considerably different than the Body Worlds that came to Houston in 2006 – in content and display – and is shown on two floors of the museum, so its definitely a sight to see! Body Worlds 2 is 50% larger than the last showing in Houston and has a detailed display of exactly how the human brain operates. After seeing Body Worlds 2, please feel free to add your comments below to let us and other museum-goers know what you thought of the exhibit.

Authored By Steven Cowan

Steven never dreamed his first job out of college would be in public relations, and on top of that working for one of the top museums in the country. After all, he majored in History at Vassar College. Within three months of graduation, he landed a spot in the PR department and has not looked back since. He is fast becoming a communications fanatic, spending a tremendous amount of his time promoting the museum and all it has to offer.

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