Wednesday, November 16, 2005
I confess I've never built my Visible man or woman model but I enjoy looking through an anatomy book every now and then.
When I was in Florence a few years back I spent a day in the Specola gallery [ I might be spelling this/ pronouncing it wrong] The gallery was part of the university I think and housed a huge collection of stuffed animals from hundreds of years ago. One of the biggest in the world I think and was very cool.
Also part of the gallery [again I'm too lazy too look up the dates and artist at the moment] was cases filled by 18th century wax artist and anatomist who made wax disections of the human body. Both sections and whole figures. Unbelievable work and I think Taschen has a book of these. It was very strange to see these figures looking very life like and in these beautiful old cases.
On Sunday, Alison and me went to the Ontario Science Centre to see Body Worlds 2 [ body worlds 1 is in Philadalphia I believe].
Dr. Gunther Von Hagens has developed a plasticination process . Plastination makes it possible to preserve an entire body or individual tissues and organs that have been removed from the body of the deceased. Decomposition is halted by removing water and fats from the tissues and replacing these with polymers.
A rather surreal experience to see the "plastinates" posed ice skating or skateboarding reavealing muscles in action and everything else. It was pretty amazing and very strange as well. The place was packed [lots of little kids too, some toppling into the displays while running around ] and it was next impossible to sketch but I gave it a whirl. Nothing to impressive
but here some are anyway.