Wednesday, 30 September 2009

By The Way - The Cycle of Life - rated MUST GO!

Some call it sick and others call it beautiful. You decide when you get your tickets to Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: The Original & The Cycle of Life. The exhibition goes on show for the first time in Asia in Singapore at the Singapore Science Centre from 23 October 2009 to 6 March 2010.

This is the latest instalment of the groundbreaking anatomical exhibitions of real human bodies and visitors to The Cycle of Life learn about health and the science of the human body, from the human skeleton to the key organ and muscular systems.

The displays and installations take visitors on a journey of self discovery, showing the body living through time. It includes a stunning look at conception and aging during pre-natal development, and pays homage to the creativity of young people which shows the developing teen brain from infancy and childhood to adolescence. This unconventional anatomical exhibition also offers a profound insight into the fragility of life and helps visitors to become more aware of their own mortality.

Dr Von Hagens’ patented invention of Plastination  is used to preserve specimens for medical education. BODY WORLDS is the only exhibition with a unique body donation programme which has been ethically reviewed and scrutinized by official authorities.

Ok I admit that it kind of freaks me and the guy does look a little creepy here - reminds me of The House of Wax, that 2005 horror flick where all the wax figurines ended up being real live people who were actually murdered and encased in wax. But I have been assured that all specimens on display are of willing donors. So take heart, if you have missed your sign up round for the organ donation programme, you can still be immortalised and enroll in this one!!

Whatever your call, I still vote this the MUST GO exhibition of the year in Singapore. Seeing is believing!

When: 23 October 2009 to 6 March 2010
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: The Annexe, Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road
Ticket prices: Advanced ticket purchases  available at from 5 October to 22 October 2009 at $15 adults, $9 child (3-16 years). Price includes admission to the Science Centre. Please call 6425-2500 for enquiries.

- Elaine


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