Brilliant Body Worlds Imagery

tony leather By tony leather, 7th May 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Likening himself to a modern-day Dr Frankenstein/Leonardo da Vinci composite, he delights in the moral outrage and controversy that his works attract.

Brilliant Body Worlds Imagery

It was ten years ago now that the eccentric and controversial artist Gunther von Hagens presented his hauntingly horrific imagery of preserved people - a ghoulish travelling show in which preserved humans, flayed of their skins, were put on show.

Dubbed Body Worlds, the outrageous sculptures caused a storm of interest, not least because, in their Damien Hirst way they were quite bizarrely fascinating. Using a technique he calls plastination, muscle, bone and organs are exposed - skin flayed open to show the inner workings of the bodies - from which water and fatty tissues have been extracted and replaced with polymers to stop decomposition.

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Himself the bearer of quite a skeletal, bloodless face, this iconic artist always wears a black fedora and has always cultivated a macabre persona for himself, in promoting his macabre works. Likening himself to a modern-day Dr Frankenstein/Leonardo da Vinci composite, he delights in the moral outrage and controversy that his works attract.

There is no doubt that, wherever his wants to stage exhibitions, the authorities of countries concerned attempt last-ditch legal challenges to avoid granting permission, and religious groups always question the morality of allowing such shows to proceed.

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It was back In 2002 that von Hagens, live on the UK Channel 4 TV station, performed the first live public autopsy for 170 years, aiming, as he pointed out, simply to democratise anatomy and educate ordinary people about their own bodies, hoping to increasing health awareness among the public.

There is little doubt that, since it opened in 1996, the 34million visitors to various Body Worlds goes to prove that the public perception of this work, whilst still outraged, is such that they are nonetheless drawn to look long at hard at the truly fundamental nature of the things on display.

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Even if, in 2012 we do not get shocked so easily, the fact that his latest show does not involve human bodies might mean it will stir up much less controversy, but all the same it is quite staggering how the ugliness of nature in the raw can be so fascinatingly compelling.


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mainly non-fiction articles, though I do write short stories, poetry and descriptive prose as well. Have been writing for over ten years now

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
8th May 2012 (#)

How you collect these things from around, I wonder!

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author avatar tony leather
8th May 2012 (#)

Just go surfing the net for the unusual topics

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