I am quite morbidly excited about this.
Currently on display at the V&A Waterfront is Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life: The Original Exhibition. It’s a collection of preserved human cadavers. Real dead people. Showing the effects of life on our bodies, from smoking to obesity and general longevity.
The exhibition has travelled to seventy different cities across the globe and finally it has found its way to the Mother City.
I don’t know what it is. Blood doesn’t scare me. Injuries fascinate me. I have done one ambulance shift in my life (when my paramedic ex was still trying to impress me) and it was crazy exciting.
He got all frustrated when I didn’t scream and faint so he marched me into the emergency room at False Bay Hospital at 4 a.m. and seated me next to a drunk bergie who was having his arm stitched up by a nervous blonde poppie doctor, doing her Mandela year. I held up better than both the doctor and his ambo partner, who had to leave the room “for a smoke” and was found shortly afterwards crouching on his haunches, taking deep breaths. An excellent paramedic despite his terrible gag weakness and aversion to vomit.
So anyway. Dead bodies.
It’s running all summer, from 9:00 to 19:30 every day (including Boxing Day). Christmas Eve, New Years Eve and New Years Day have a slightly different schedule, check out the website for deets. Tickets are R140 for the average adult, all sorts of deals for kids/students/families/pensioners/Martians etc.
You can also donate your body to the BODY WORLDS Exhibition but due to overwhelming popularity, this option has been suspended for the moment.
…. for reals.
(All photo’s borrowed from the Body Worlds blog, where there are tons more for your viewing, ahem, pleasure.)