4 March 2013

BODY WORLDS & Cycle of Life Exhibition comes to Johannesburg

The BODY WORLDS & Cycle of Life Exhibition will run from 20 March to 30 June 2013 at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Exploring the human form at the BODY WORLDS & Cycle of Life Exhibition. Exploring the human form at the BODY WORLDS & Cycle of Life Exhibition.

The Cycle of Life reminds people of what is at stake when they age and helps them learn about living a long, healthy life – Dr Gunther van Hagens.

When BODY WORLDS, the first exhibition to explore human anatomy through the display of real human cadavers and body parts, was first staged 18 years ago, it immediately drew crowds. As it made its way from Asia to Europe and America, it was seen by over 36 million visitors in 70 cities.

In October last year the exhibition had its African premiere in Cape Town, where 100 000 people flocked to see it – a fantastic turnout as far as exhibition visitor numbers go in South Africa. It was so popular that the season was extended by several weeks.

Now BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life comes to Johannesburg for a three month run at the county’s largest science centre, the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown. The show will run from 20 March to 30 June 2013, giving those in and around Johannnesburg the opportunity to see what lies beneath the human skin.

The hundreds of real human specimens and organs on display have gone through a process of plastination, invented by German anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977 to preserve specimens for medical education. The process replaces bodily fluids and soluble fat with fluid plastics that harden after vacuum-forced impregnation. After the bodies are fixed into lifelike poses, they are hardened with gas, heat or light. The specimens come from individuals who bequeathed their bodies to an associated donor programme managed by the Institute of Plastination in Heidleberg, Germany.

The plastinates show how our bodies respond internally to movements in everyday life, as well as during athletic activities. They educate viewers on the inner workings of the body and reveal the effects of lifestyle choices. The use of authentic specimens allows a penetrating examination that surpasses text books, models and photographs.

'The Cycle of Life reminds people of what is at stake when they age and helps them learn about living a long, healthy life,' explains Dr Von Hagens.

Tickets for the exhibition will be on sale from WebTickets from 12 March. They range in price from R90 to R140 per person. A family ticket for two adults and two children sells for R400 and group bookings can be made for 15 people or more.

The exhibition will be open seven days a week from 9am to 6.30pm.