Over 40 million visitors in over 100 cities around the world have been awed and inspired by BODY WORLDS. Now, owing to popular demand, the BODY WORLDS Vital Johannesburg exhibition has been extended to 31 July 2016. Tyrone Thöle, Managing Director of Great World Exhibitions says that he is incredibly proud to be able to continue offering the opportunity to experience this powerful and remarkable exhibition that helps us to understand the wonder, sophistication and fragility of our own bodies.
“BODY WORLDS Vital is committed to move on to the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, opening on Woman’s Day, 09 August 2016. We recommend everybody not to miss this important life-changing exhibition and patrons to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment and the last minute rush,” says Thöle.
Presented by Discovery, Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition is a completely new experience for visitors. “As an organisation that continually looks for new ways to help people live healthier lives, we believe Dr Gunther von Hagens’ groundbreaking preservation process offers people a real-life opportunity to experience the wonder of the human body,” says Discovery Health CEO, Dr Jonathan Broomberg. “A specific focus for Discovery is to give people relevant tools and support to take care of their health and wellness at every stage of their lives, and through preventive medicine and innovative lifestyle interventions, our aim is to help prevent the onset and manage health conditions affected by lifestyle choices,” adds Broomberg.
The 17 never before seen in South Africa full-body plastinates and over 160 organs and transparent body slices show how the body works when it is healthy and explores how best to fight life-threatening diseases. Healthy and diseased organs are shown alongside each other allowing visitors to see how lifestyle choices may affect the body, such as how smoking affects the lungs. The intriguing Anatomical Mirror illustrates the visitor’s body movements up to the underlying anatomy by virtually peeling back the layers of the user’s body. The Anatomical Mirror teaches and inspires anyone: young, old, beginner, or experienced healthcare professional.
The exhibition is a must-see for anybody working in the health sector, for medical students and professionals alike, but also perfect for a family outing such as Father’s Day. For guests who prefer to visit after hours, BODY WORLDS offers its final After Dark exclusive adults only evening event on 30 June, when the opening hours are extended beyond the usual closing time of 6pm.
The plastinated bodies on display have all been willed by donors for Plastination. This unique conservation process, invented by trail-blazing anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens has rendered the specimens dry and odourless. Over 16.000 people are currently registered in the body donation program administered by the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany.
BODY WORLDS Vital Johannesburg must close on 31 July 2016. The exhibition is open every day of the week between 9h00 and 18h00. For more information and bookings, visit www.bodyworldsvital.co.za.