Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Bodies the Exhibition - Part 2

Way back in November of 2005, I was writing about this exhibit in my blog (see this link). I was dreaming of possibly being able to see it. Well, I actually got to see it a few weeks ago. Yay!

I don't think it has come to Utah yet, but luckily for me, a quick weekend trip to Vegas in mid-December paid off big. No, I didn't win any money, but as I mentioned, I got to have a little gross-out fascination tour at the Tropicana.

When you first see the full bodied display, there's a "ewwww" factor, but for me, it quickly turned into pure fascination. Bodies are really quite the groovy machine. A vessel that carries us for quite a long time all the while growing, changing and moving with great precision. Seeing the innerworkings in all their glory was -- to use my overused term -- awesome.

I did wonder, too, about whether or not it was ethical to use prisoners for this, and whether or not anyone really granted permission, but when I thought about it, what a great way to leave this world. Sure, your bits are on display, you've been cut to shreds, but how fortunate to be able to give to humanity in this way. We all should be so lucky.

Bottom line, GO if you get a chance to see the show in your neck of the woods.


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Canor63 said...

I agree the Body exhibit was fascinating. The only "creepy" thing I found about it were the people viewing it. They were so quiet I wanted to scream, "Say something you creeps". That creeped me out including the man who Shooshed his daughter as she asked a question. What a creep.

It was like the Gray's Anatomy book come to life in 3 dimensions.

Cat said...

People were quiet in Vegas, too, but I overheard a LOT of conversation.
One woman had three kids with her and she was saying, "Come over here, I want to show you what part of Mommy isn't working right". I thought that was pretty cool.

Then there was the guy who was talking to a date telling her about all of the stuff he does on his job that was visible. I couldn't figure out if he was a surgeon or a physical therapist. :-)