Since early February, Body Worlds: Human has displayed preserved body parts ranging from bones damaged by illness to entire cadavers. The corpses are posed, flayed and preserved via plastination, a technique invented by the German fedora-rocking anatomist Gunther von Hagens.
But be prepared for some screeching dinosaurs if you’re brave enough to enter, as the more child-friendly Jurassic World shares space with the exhibition. Also be aware of the brigade of preserved penises. It’s bonafide Bolton.
And if you have any moral qualms about the wacky von Hagens making a killing – of cash – on dead bodies, don’t worry. These bodies were all donated with consent of the dead.
A similar exhibition not associated with Body Worlds attracted mountains of criticism in New York when it was discovered that some of the cadavers may have come from Chinese prisoners who were executed and tortured.
Von Hagens himself has not escaped criticism. In 2004, he agreed to return seven cadavers to China after he failed to prove they hadn’t come from executed prisoners.
The travelling exhibition Body Worlds is shipping out this Monday. Stay home if you’re faint of heart, but if not, then check it out before Dr. von Hagens turns Dr. Victor Frankenstein.