16 January 2013

Cape Town's The Cycle of Life Exhibition extended

Due to popular demand, the BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life Exhibition at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town has been extended until 10 March, 2013.

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

It’s not often that one has the opportunity to view the human body in its various complexities, and the BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life Exhibition taking place at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town has proved to be a magnet for curious visitors intent on knowing more about our human form.

The BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life Exhibition was launched in Cape Town in October 2012 as the first anatomical exhibition of its kind in Africa to display real human bodies. The exhibition saw over 1000 visitors per day pass through the doors over the festive season. The exhibition was due to end in January 2013, but due to public interest, will remain open until March 10, 2013.

The over 200 fascinating human specimens on display are perfectly preserved through a process called ‘plastination’ invented by Dr Gunther von Hagens in 1977, when he was working at the University of Heidelberg in Germany as an anatomist. 

The specimens show the complexity of the human body through anatomical studies of the body in optimal health as well as stressed and diseased states. The exhibition is a form of ‘edutainment’ and is also aimed at encouraging visitors to take better care of their physical bodies.

Van Hagens says, ‘The Cycle of Life reminds people of what is at stake when they age and helps them learn about living, a long, healthy life.’ Certainly, any New Year's resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle will be encouraged by a visit to the exhibition.

More than 50 000 people have so far visited the BODY WORLDS & Cycle of Life Exhibition in South Africa, with many more expected over the next two months.

The exhibition is located at The Breakwater Garage at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and costs R140 per person for adults and R90 per child (ages 6 – 17). Family tickets are available (2 adults and 2 children) for R400. Doors open every day at 09:00.

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life anatomical exhibition is based on an established body donation programme with the informed legal consent of those on display.