Yesterday I was invited to the Body Worlds exhibition currently back by popular demand in Kyalami. I’ve been wanting to visit the exhibition for the longest time but just never had the time or the opportunity to, so I was thrilled to head over there yesterday afternoon with my bestie.
The exhibition tour, The Cycle Of Life, starts off from conception and to be honest, both my bestie and I are recurrent pregnancy loss survivors so we were both a little emotional and apprehensive after viewing the plastisized embryo’s/foetus’s starting from 4 weeks past conception going all the way. While a little disconcerting, it was also fascinating to see the various stages we’d both lost babies in, so see what they actually looked like, from 6 weeks to 8 weeks to 10 weeks.
From there, we went on a wondrous journey through the human body and the ageing process. The exhibition was both awe-inspiring & mind blowing. Never before had I gotten to see the workings of my own body in such incredible details. The enlarged livers and diseased lungs were eye openers, the nervous system laid out in such perfect details was mind blowing.
We went late yesterday afternoon, about an hour and a half before the exhibition closed which was fabulous because we had the entire thing almost completely to our selves, so we could really take our time wondering around and examining all the displays. It was fascinating and I left having a new found wonder and respect for my body.
It’s REALLY worth seeing, so make sure you don’t miss it.
And here is just some of what you can expect to see:
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – A stunning look at conception and “ageing” dur-ing pre-natal development featuring a multimedia display on cell division and a remarkable collec-tion of plastinated embryos and foetuses from two weeks old to near full term acquired from histori-cal anatomical collections.
Smells Like Teen Spirit – An homage to the creativity of young people that looks at the developing teen brain from infancy and childhood to adolescence, and the teen penchant for risk and original-ity that influences art, music, fashion, and technology.
I also found the reasons why people chose to donate their bodies to this project really fascinating & the plastination process really quite incredible , you can read more about it here: Body Donation For Plastination.
If there is one exhibition you MUST visit before the end of November, make sure you don’t miss Body Worlds!
Date: Thursday, 12 September to Sunday, 24 November 2013
Venue: Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit (The Paddocks)
Ticket Prices: Adults: R140.00 per person
Concessions Seniors (60+)/ Students (18+): R110.00 per person
Children (Ages 6-17): R90.00 per person
Children (5 and younger): Free
Family Tickets (2 Adults & 2 Children): R400.00