Body Worlds exhibit in Salt Lake

I just took my kids tonight to the traveling BodyWorlds exhibit currently in Salt Lake City, comprised of “plastinated” Asian cadavers posed in incredible ways (yoga, gymnastics, and many other stances).   The skin is mostly flayed off of the cadavers of former political prisoners (one part of the audio tour explains why they do not feel any human rights abuses are involved).   I had Human Anatomy in college and worked extensively on dissected cadavers, but these dissections were unique and creative.     I have never seen anything like it: science meets art.

Quite a few exhibits are helpful to talk to kids about the effects of their diet, as help in teaching them to make good decisions for life.   One exihibit is a cross section of human fat, about 3 feet  long and 2 feet  wide.   Incredible to see THAT, after watching these lean cadavers with the beautiful interplay of hundreds of muscles, tendons,  and ligaments that allow us phenomenal feats of athleticism.

Another display shows many joints in one cadaver replaced with artificial joints.   Others show what a pacemaker or a stent or a bypass look like, installed in a human heart.   You can look at simulations of what happens in the bloodstream when cholesterol builds up in arteriosclerosis.   You can see actual preserved organ damage: a heart after suffering strokes, and heart attacks.   Lungs after decades of smoking, and lungs full of cancer.

Fetuses are preserved in liquid at every stage of the gestation process, reminding you of how intricate a human life is–with tiny, perfect  fingers visible at 9 weeks along.

The human body is such a beautiful, astonishing, complex, and miraculous thing.   The Creator of it is not just a brilliant genius, but also a brilliant artist.

What a tragedy when we don’t take care of such a gift, our own human body, the house of the spirit.   Well cared for, it serves us  with thousands of gifts: running dozens of miles; expressing physical love, kissing,  and  bringing babies into the world; millions of intricate movements of dance or  athletic competition; handiwork and craftsmanship; academic contributions to the world.   We ought to take care  of our bodies, because we get just the one!

Has anyone been to the exhibit?   What struck you about it?

15 thoughts on “Body Worlds exhibit in Salt Lake

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  1. I saw the exhibit while visiting Tampa over a year ago! Absolutely amazing! I don’t know how anyone could see this exhibit and not believe in the Creator! No big bang could have ever produced such an intricate system of life. That visit was the beginning of my journey to take better care of this temple of mine!

  2. I have only seen it on TV and found it fascinating. It was here in Dallas not long ago but we never did get over there to see it. Were you allowed to take photos?

  3. do you know how long it is there? and how much is it? do you have the number for tickets? I have really been wanting to go see this—I heard they have a cerosis live (my FIL has this disease)

  4. Wow. Beautifully written. I want to go. I am going to see where I can go to this. I think it was around Los Angeles recently….

  5. Unfortunately you can’t use your camera in the exhibit. I wish! I would’ve been goin’ nuts in there with my camera for you guys.

    In college, when I had Zoology 260 and worked on cadavers, we had three that semester. One was an obese woman’s body. She was permanently on her stomach for us to see the body from the backside. I got reaaallllllly skinny that semester. Why? Because I saw what fat looks like. In a cadaver, it looks like blobs of very orange cheddar cheese that have been sitting out in the sun a while.

    Another of our cadavers was an absolutely emaciated elderly woman who probably weighed less than 90 lbs. at time of death. Everything in her was wasted away except for her HUGE cancerous liver that was so enlarged it barely fit in her abdomen.

    Eat right and avoid all the yucky orange blobs and giant liver! 🙂


  6. I’ve not actually seen an exhibit, but after watching several programs about it on TV I’ve determined that I will not go even if it comes to my area. I am completely unconvinced that there are not significant human rights violations being committed in order to keep up with the demand of the exhibit. I just find it hard to believe that so many perfectly healthy individuals would die in the prime of their life and then have no family with claim on the body. Furthermore, they import them as “medical training” tools, since it is illegal to import bodies, but they are making boatloads of money with these “educational” cadavers.

    I understand the fascination, but I am not willing to overlook what are to me glaring human rights violations in order to satisfy my own curiosity.

  7. Acai, like goji, is a highly nutritious berry–a lot of nutrition per ounce compared to most other foods. It’s not a magic berry. It’s a GREAT way for network marketing companies (the “functional beverage” industry selling $30/bottle juices) to make money. I doubt those pasteurized juices are curing anybody’s anything. (Ditto chocolate, maca, etc. They’re all great “power foods.”)

    If the price isn’t an issue for you and maybe your sister-in-law’s eyesight improved and you want to try it, go for it. It’s certainly not going to hurt you. But I’d rather see people just start with the simple, easily obtained, under $1/lb. plant foods rather than eating their awful American diet and then slugging down a couple ounces of $60/lb. juice made from food from a far-away continent. Or something with concentrated sweeteners and “acai extract.”

    Just my $0.02. As I like to say, with that and a quarter, you can make a phone call. 🙂

  8. I took my three children (ages 14, 11, & 7) to it. It was a bit scary for the youngest but he was still curious. I thought it was well done but kind of creepy, if you know what I mean. I thought it was a bit on the expensive side too. -Monica

  9. I also went to Body Worlds in Salt Lake with a school field trip. (It is such a great deal if you go with a school group) We were told that the bodies exhibit is the one where the oriental prisoners were used. They said their bodies have all been donated.

  10. If you want t look at Asian bodies, go to Bodies Revealed or Bodies…The Exhibition. Body Worlds is the original that does use donors for its exhibits.

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