I’ve been wanting to go for years and last Sunday I finally went to the Science Centre and saw the ever so famous and controversial Body Worlds Exhibit. I knew what to expect but I didn’t know how it would impact me.
On the surface, it was a great anatomy and health lesson, but I couldn’t help but feel totally grossed out when viewing the ‘specimens’ up close, with dust in the air and nothing separating them from me. I found some of it to be quite distasteful as well in terms of the posing and titles of each installation, like ‘Skateboarder’, Yoga Lady’ or ‘Drawer Man’, who reminded me of a Dali painting. The show comes with this warning: ‘Caution for sensitive viewers: eyes and genitals remain. A section of the exhibition highlights prenatal development and includes embryos and fetuses’. Talk about H E A V Y.
A staff member said that they get at least one fainter a day and the majority of them are young males. He also mentioned that the chemical smell during the first week was rather unpleasant. I definitely felt light headed and appreciated the fresh air once outside.
I still don’t know how to feel about it – I liked it and hated it at the same time. I couldn’t help but wonder who these people were or where they came from? What life did they live, or how did they die? Was it peaceful or were they murdered? (Yes I’ve been watching too much Dexter lately)
One thing I do know is that I encourage everyone to step outside their comfort zone once and awhile, and for me, this was definitely it.
Have you been and if so what did you think?