Press Releases & Statements 2013

 


Anatomist Gunther von Hagens Honored by Worldwide Science Museum Community

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 21, 2013—The Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC), representing 650 science centers and museums in nearly 50 countries, by Special Resolution of its Board of Directors, recognized Dr. Gunther von Hagensinventor of the science of Plastination and creator of the BODY WORLDS anatomical exhibitionsfor Lifetime Achievement and outstanding contribution to the public understanding of science.

"Through the technique of Plastination, Dr. Gunther von Hagens has revealed the intricate architecture and systems of the human body and allowed us to see that our bodies are at least as beautiful under the surface as they are from outside.  In the tradition of the great anatomists, he has made the study of the human body accessible to the public audience, without requiring medical training. Throughout the world, millions of science center visitors have viewed the BODY WORLDS exhibitions and been inspired, curious, touched, and forever changed," said Ms. Nancy Stueber, Nominating Committee Chair of ASTC and President & CEO of Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Nearly 40 million visitors in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa have seen BODY WORLDS. The traveling exhibitions of donor bodiesstemming from the world's only body donation for Plastination program at the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germanyhave been presented 121 times in 87 cities in 23 countries, frequently more than once by popular demand.

"I invented Plastination because I was trying only to find a better way to teach anatomy to medical students at the University of Heidelberg. When I saw the interest of non-medical people in the plastinated specimens, I realized that I had invented a science that resonated with the human longing to understand one's self," said Dr. von Hagens in accepting the recognition.

Gunther von Hagens BODY WORLDS exhibitions are multimedia experiences celebrating the human body as it navigates the 21st century. BODY WORLDS also presents Animal Inside Out, celebrating the animal kingdom. To learn more visit www.bodyworlds.com.

About ASTC
The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is a global organization providing collective voice, professional support, and programming opportunities for science centers, museums, and related institutions, whose innovative approaches to science learning inspire people of all ages. For more information visit www.astc.org.


Back by popular public demand: BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life heads to … Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit (The Paddocks), Midrand, Gauteng 12 September – 24 November 2013

03 September, Johannesburg: The first anatomical exhibition of its kind to display real human bodies, BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, is back by popular public demand and will be relocating to the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit (The Paddocks).

With over 240,000 people already having visited the BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life exhibition in South Africa since its African premier last October 2012, the demand for more from South Africans could not be ignored, and the collection of almost 200 human specimens will be back on display from Thursday, 12 September to Sunday, 24 November 2013, with no extension.

Tickets will go on sale from 3 September 2013 and can be purchased online at www.webtickets.co.za

“The overwhelming public demand for the exhibition to remain in Gauteng has been heard and we are very excited to announce that BODY WORLDS will not be leaving South African shores just yet,” said Sharon Devantier, Director of Blue Ocean Exhibitions, the local organisers responsible for bringing BODY WORLDS to Africa.

Previously on display at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown in Johannesburg’s city centre, the exhibition has fascinated visitors with an unforgettable peek under the human skin and at how intricately and perfectly the human body is designed. Since its opening last year, the exhibition has been extremely well received by South Africans who have been fascinated to learn about the Cycle of Life – from the first spark of conception through maturity to old age.

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life focuses on the importance of education and encourages schools to visit the exhibition as an exciting and interactive way to ‘bring textbooks and the learning experience to life.’ “By extending, we are giving those schools that did not get to see the exhibition the opportunity to experience and learn from it first-hand,” adds Devantier.

”We had an amazing visit – the pupils were enthralled and awestruck by the exhibits. The anatomy we study came to life in a tangible way. The displays were tastefully set up, magnificently dissected, informative and revealing of so much more than what can be seen from a photograph; a thoroughly rewarding experience,” said Lisa Sherry (Teacher at Trinityhouse High School).

The specimens on display have been preserved through the process of plastination, a revolutionary preservation technique invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977. This anatomical exhibition stems from an established body donation programme and the informed legal consent of those on display.

Date: Thursday, 12 September to Sunday, 24 November 2013
Venue: Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit (The Paddocks) Midrand, Gauteng

Ticket Prices: Adults: R140.00 per person, Concessions Seniors (60+)/ Students (18+): R110.00 per person, Children (Ages 6-17): R90.00 per person, Family Tickets (2 Adults & 2 Children): R400.00

Ticket Sales: Tickets available from the venue or online from webtickets www.webtickets.co.za (it is essential to book online for weekends and holidays as these tickets are often sold out in advance on these days.)

Group Bookings: Tel: 071 547 5558 / www.bodyworlds.co.za

Opening Times: Doors open every day 09:00 to 17:00 (last admission). Doors close 1.5 hours after last admission. Hours subject to change – www.bodyworlds.co.za

For more information on the venue, dates, times, the process of plastination, free downloadable guides to assist with educating your learners and family and much more, visit www.bodyworlds.co.za.

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is brought to South Africa by Blue Ocean Exhibitions.

About Blue Ocean Exhibitions The Cape Town-based Blue Ocean Exhibitions was established in 2012 by Tyrone Thöle and Sharon Devantier. The specialist exhibition company sources large scale internationally acclaimed nomadic exhibitions and brings them to Africa. Driven by the desire to educate and inspire all Africans, they pioneer captivating and energy-generating spaces for brands to engage with audiences.

Further information is available on http://blueocean.co.za. For further information and for media interviews, kindly contact the Phoenix Partnership: Cindy Blaser / cindy@phoenixpartnership.co.za / 021 686 2331 / 072 601 1075.

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CEASE & DESIST LEGAL DOCUMENT FROM Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS TO "NOW THIS NEWS"

To Whom It May Concern at NowThisMedia:

Your article at this link http://www.nowthisnews.com/news/bodies-exhibit-falun-gong-controversy/?utm_source=newsroom&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=newsroom is an egregious piece of journalism, that accuses an anatomical exhibition that uses donor bodies with the following false and defamatory headline: "Creepy Touring Exhibit "Body World" May Be Full of Executed Prisoners and makes several statements that are false. It is riddled with rumor, inuendo, and falsehoods and refers to a non-existant lawsuit by stating: "Now a new lawsuit alleges that they might be the bodies of practitioners of Falun Gong, a persecuted Chinese religion - and is asking for DNA tests to find out." Simply put, there is no such lawsuit.

It is important to note that Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS is the original exhibition of real human bodies and that it is not affiliated with copycat displays. Though Dr. von Hagens’ Plastination invention – the process that makes anatomical specimen preservation and display possible -- has been used by copycat exhibits, Dr. von Hagens is not affiliated with any of the copycats that use his invention and methods. The only exhibitions Dr. von Hagens is affiliated with are those that bear the name, Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS.

Excluding a small number of specimens acquired from historical anatomical collections and anatomy programs, the plastinated specimens on display in Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions stem from a unique Body Donation Program established in Heidelberg, Germany in 1982. The bodies in Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS are donor bodies willed by donors, to be used after their death, for the express purpose of educating the public about health and anatomy. The body donor program, managed by the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg since 1993, has a roster of more than 13,300 individuals, the majority of them German and North American.

Documents relating to the donated bodies in Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS have been satisfactorily reviewed by museums, museum lawyers, and two ethics committees formed by the California Science Center in Los Angeles, USA and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, USA where Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions have been presented. A copy of the ethics review is available for download here: http://www.bodyworlds.com/en/media/press_kit.html#ethic.

While there are copycats that use Chinese bodies, Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions do not include Chinese bodies. While copycats have admitted using unclaimed and found bodies from China, Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions states categorically that it has never used unclaimed or found bodies, or bodies of executed Chinese prisoners for that matter, in its anatomical exhibitions of real human bodies.

We hereby demand that you remove the article from your website and publish a retraction/correction in as conspicuous a place as the original aricle was publiched, If these steps are not taken, NowThisMedia may be sued for defamation, libel and/or invasion of privacy among other things, and may be liable for substantial monetary damages, including punitive damages. Dr. von Hagens and the organizers of BODY WORLDS, expressly reserve and do not waive any and all rights they may have under state, federal, internet, and international law. Please govern yourselves accordingly.

BODY WORLDS LEGAL AFFAIRS
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PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER TRAVELING EXHIBITION
ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, A BODY WORLDS PRODUCTION
Exhibition opens Sept. 22 for a limited engagement

DALLAS (July 29, 2013) – DESTINATION DALLAS! ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, a BODY WORLDS Production, will open Sept. 22, 2013, for a limited engagement. The Perot Museum’s first-ever traveling exhibition will be installed in the Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall, a 7,500 square foot, leading-edge exhibition space located on the Museum’s lower level. Timed entry tickets for ANIMAL INSIDE OUT go on sale to Perot Museum members tomorrow (July 30) at perotmuseum.org. Tickets for the general public will be available beginning Aug. 26.

“The Perot Museum is thrilled that our very first traveling exhibition is curated by internationally renowned science leaders – Dr. Gunther von Hagens, the inventor of Plastination and creator of the trailblazing BODY WORLDS exhibitions and curator Dr. Angelina Whalley, creative and conceptual designer for BODY WORLDS,” said Nicole G. Small, CEO of the Perot Museum. “We think visitors are going to be wowed by what they see.”

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT will give visitors a unique opportunity to “travel on an anatomical safari” and view animals from a rarely seen perspective, exploring the skeletons, muscles, organs, circulatory systems and more. Stripping away nature's flesh to the bare bones, ANIMAL INSIDE OUT brings together approximately 100 plastinate and capillary animal specimens, displaying the intricate biology and physiology of some of the world’s most spectacular creatures. After a tour of venerable museums in Vienna, London, and other historic venues in Europe, ANIMAL INSIDE OUT made its U.S. debut at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The Perot Museum will be the second stop on the limited U.S. tour.

SAVE THE DATE: The Perot Museum will host a Media Preview Day for ANIMAL INSIDE OUT on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m. Details forthcoming!

Small adds that since the December 1 opening of the Perot Museum the Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall has already hosted two temporary exhibitions curated by the Perot Museum. First, the Museum debuted with the Building the Building exhibition, which was on display through April, and, currently on display for the summer, is Recycle Reef, which closes Aug. 25.

“We built this big black box space -- equipped with the latest technology to control light, temperature and humidity -- to expand and build upon the science we offer daily in our 11 exhibit halls and through our educational programming. The Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall extends that learning even further – and allows us to bring the world’s biggest blockbusters to our own backyard. Now thousands of visitors -- who might not be able to travel to Paris, New York and the likes – can experience these outstanding exhibitions right here in Dallas.”

More about ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, a BODY WORLDS Production
From goats to giraffes and octopuses to ostriches, visitors will go more than skin deep to see the body make up of some of the world's most impressive animals. Highlights of the ANIMAL INSIDE OUT exhibition include standing up close to the world’s tallest mammal, a giraffe, that towers over guests; a magnificent bull, with its heart five times the size of a human’s; a reindeer, with its hooves that adapt to the changing seasons; and the rarely seen giant squid, with its huge eyes, designed for picking up light in the ocean depths.

“Instead of specimens as skeletons or taxidermies, Museum visitors are going to experience animals in a whole new way,” said Steve Hinkley, the Perot Museum’s vice president of programs.

Hinkley adds that the process of Plastination, which removes the fluids from the body and replaces them with plastics that harden, allows guests to see the most incredible details of the body.

The exhibition reveals the different ways animals have evolved and adapted their anatomy and physiology according to where they live. Dr. von Hagens says the exhibition is intended to recognize the wonder and traits of animals: “It is critical that we increase our understanding of animals in the wild, not only for their preservation, but also for our own.”

Dr. Whalley adds that ANIMAL INSIDE OUT shows animal anatomy with far more detail than any textbook.

“It’s fascinating to see the anatomical similarities between different animal groups, including humans,” said Dr. Whalley. “Animals are skin, flesh and bone, just like humans.”

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT explores skeletal foundations; muscles, tendons and ligaments; the internal circuit of the nervous system; the reproductive process; breathing and eating; and wildlife conservation and preservation.

NOTE: The ANIMAL INSIDE OUT exhibition is open to guests of all ages. A few exhibit panels briefly discuss animal reproduction. To ensure an enriching experience for all, children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, parent, guardian or school chaperone.

TICKET AND GENERAL INFORMATION
A timed-entry ticket is required for admission to ANIMAL INSIDE OUT and this ticket also will include general admission to the Perot Museum. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended at perotmuseum.org.

Tickets for ANIMAL INSIDE OUT go on sale to members tomorrow (July 30) at perotmuseum.org. Tickets for the general public will be available beginning Aug. 26.

The Perot Museum’s summer temporary exhibit, Recycle Reef, will close Aug. 25 so that preparation and installation of ANIMAL INSIDE OUT can begin.

Tickets for ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, which include admission to Museum general exhibit halls, are $27 for adults (18-64), $18 for children (2-11; under 2 are free), $22 for students (12-17) and seniors (65+). Member tickets are available at a discounted price of $15 for adults, $11 for children and $13 for students and seniors. For school group rates, please check the Perot Museum website.

HOURS. Regular museum hours (which return Aug. 25 and will continue through the academic school year) for general admission and the traveling exhibitions are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. Please check perotmuseum.org for special holidays, extended hours and unexpected closings.

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET PRICES (which DO NOT include admission to the traveling exhibitions). General admission to the exhibit halls is $15 for adults (18-64), $12 for students (12-17) and seniors (65+), and $10 for children (2-11). Admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $8 (long film) for adults, students, seniors and children. For members, general exhibit hall admission is always free, and admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $6 (long film).

PAID PARKING. General parking and handicap parking is available in the main Museum Parking lot, a pay-to-exit lot located under Woodall Rodgers Freeway across from the Museum. Limited additional handicap and hybrid/electric vehicle parking is available in the Special Permit lot, located directly west of the Museum. Pricing is $6 per car when paid on-site (at box office, lobby kiosk or upon exiting the lot) and $3 for Museum members (on-site at box office or lobby kiosk).

MEMBERSHIP. Charter Memberships (personal and gift) are $45 for students, $65 for individuals, $80 for dual memberships, $100 for Family, $160 for Family Plus, and $250 for Family Plus Platinum. Patron level memberships also are available for $350 and up. For details, call 214-756-5751 or go to perotmuseum.org.

Member-only hours! From 8:30-10 a.m. every Saturday and 10 a.m.-noon every Sunday, members can enjoy exclusive pre-general public access to the Perot Museum. Plus, check perotmuseum.org for special member late nights.

The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.

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About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The $185 million Victory Park museum, designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, opened to the public December 1, 2012. Just eight months later, on July 12, 2013, the Perot Museum welcomed its millionth visitor through its doors. The Perot Museum is named in honor of Margot and Ross Perot, the result of a $50 million gift made by their five adult children. To learn more about the Perot Museum, please visit perotmuseum.org.

NOTE: TO OBTAIN IMAGES AND CAPTIONS FOR ANIMAL INSIDE OUT AND THE WORLD’S LARGEST DINOSAURS, PLEASE GO TO:
perotmuseum.org/travelingexhibition ACCESS CODE: perottraveling
NOTE: Please note that you will be re-directed to the www.animalinsideout.com website to obtain ANIMAL INSIDE OUT images

CONTACT:
Becky Mayad
becky@mayadpr.com
214-352-1881 work

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BODY WORLDS ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER PERMANENT HOME IN NEW YORK CITY AT DISCOVERY TIMES SQUARE

Body Worlds’ “Rearing Horse with Rider” Unveiled in Times Square Ahead of Permanent Display

New York, NY (July 25, 2013) – Discovery Times Square today announced that it would be the first permanent home for BODY WORLDS, the world-renowned, international traveling exhibitions of aesthetic anatomy. BODY WORLDS: PULSE, the multimedia experience about the human body and the challenges it faces navigating the 21st century, will be a star attraction in the only museum environment in the theater district.

BODY WORLDS reveals the splendor, form, and function of the human body through Plastination, the science of specimen preservation invented by German anatomist, Dr. Gunther von Hagens. The exhibitions, seen by more than 37 million people worldwide since 1995, have opened to critical acclaim in major global cities including London, Milan, Vienna, and Berlin, but have not, until now, had a permanent home.

Establishing the touring museum exhibition in a permanent home became important to me after I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease,” said Dr. von Hagens. “I am pleased that the exhibition will be in Times Square, one of the great magnets for culture seekers in the world,” he said.

To commemorate the new home of BODY WORLDS at Discovery Times Square, Dr. von Hagens unveiled his ambitious anatomical work, The Rearing Horse with Rider, in Times Square for a one-day only appearance (July 24, 2013). The 12-foot high plastination endeavor was on free, public display for the first time ever in the exhibit’s history.

The Horse with Rider has an incredible back story,” said James Sanna, President & CEO of Discovery Times Square. “We are thrilled that this iconic scientific work will be on display in the exhibition,” he said.

Evocative of Leonardo da Vinci’s unfinished bronze sculpture of a horse and rider, Dr. von Hagens devoted three years to creating the anatomical composition. The donor straddling von Hagens’ plastinated horse was a respected journalist, who passed away from cancer, and who frequently reviewed the BODY WORLDS exhibits during their European tours. “He was an imposing figure, and as his health deteriorated, we began to discuss how he wished to be presented,” explained Dr. von Hagens. “I felt deeply obliged to honor him as triumphant.

For more information on the exhibit, please visit: http://www.discoverytsx.com/exhibitions/bodyworlds

About BODY WORLDS
Invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977, the Plastination process replaces natural fluids in anatomical specimens with liquid reactive plastics that are hardened and cured with gas, light, or heat. Before hardening, the plastinates are set in poses that illustrate how our bodies internally respond to everyday movements and activities. Plastination provides the flexibility and strength needed to display and preserve the specimens in their true-to-life form, without the use of glass barriers or formaldehyde. Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions stem from an established body donation program that relies on donor consent. The specimens on display, excluding a small number from anatomical collections and anatomy programs, stem from a body donation program that was begun in 1983 by Dr. von Hagens.

Discovery Times Square (DTS) is New York City’s first large-scale exhibition center presenting visitors with limited-run, educational and immersive exhibit experiences while exploring the world’s defining cultures, art, history and events. More than a museum, DTS has featured exhibitions of unparalleled breadth, including Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Workshop, King Tut, Pompeii The Exhibit, Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition and most recently Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor. DTS is located at 226 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue).

Media Contact:
Don Hoffman
Don_Hoffman@DKCNews.com
DKC Public Relations, Marking & Government Affairs 212-685-4300

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TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE - EDMONTON TO HOST CANADIAN DEBUT OF NEW BODY WORLDS & THE CYCLE OF LIFE EXHIBITION

Special presentation focusing on human life cycle opens May 18, 2013

Edmonton, AB —On Saturday, May 18, 2013 TELUS World of Science - Edmonton will host the Canadian debut of Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, a new version of the groundbreaking anatomical exhibition series that has been seen by more than 36 million people around the world.

Tickets are now on sale for the exhibition that will give visitors a chance to experience the human body in all its elegance and complexity. BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is showing for a limited time at TELUS World of Science – Edmonton and is presented locally by the Health Sciences Association of Alberta.

In BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, visitors will witness the body living through time—as it changes, grows, matures, and finally wanes. Inside the 14,000-square-foot exhibition, which was designed by creative and conceptual designer of BODY WORLDS, Dr. Angelina Whalley, visitors will discover more than 200 real human specimens, including 20 full-body plastinates. All specimens are preserved through Plastination, a remarkable scientific process invented by pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens. In addition to showcasing the wonders of human development, the extraordinary real specimens demonstrate the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the human body in distress, disease and optimal health. Visitors will marvel at the life processes that are captured in the exhibition and will leave with a new appreciation of the power we have to keep our bodies healthy throughout the life span.

The first presentation of Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 1 The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies in Edmonton was the most powerful – and most popular – exhibition in TELUS World of Science – Edmonton’s history. During its four month run at the museum in 2008, it was overwhelmingly well received and drew a record-setting 270,000 visitors.

“Since hosting the original BODY WORLDS in 2008, we have consistently been asked by guests when it would be returning to Edmonton,” says George Smith, President and CEO of TELUS World of Science – Edmonton. “We are honored to host the Canadian debut this compelling new experience, BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life. It is a testament to our community’s support and engagement of major world-class exhibitions that Edmonton was select to be the first in Canada to host this wonder. We are excited to once again provoke conversations between family members, questions from children, and in many, a newfound interest in their own personal health. BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life will elicit the same response and offer a unique and educational perspective on how to live well at every stage of life.”

Highlights of BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life that will captivate and educate include:

  • More than 200 specimens, many of which have never been seen in Edmonton. Visitors to BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life will see individual organs and systems, as well as full-body plastinates in various action poses, including hockey players, a baseball player, a ballet dancer, ice skaters, a woman executing a yoga pose, and more.
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, a stunning look at conception and prenatal development. This area features a multimedia display on cell division and a remarkable collection of plastinated embryos and fetuses acquired from historical anatomical collections.
  • The Artists' Gaze, an exploration of the sight and visions of artists Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, who suffered from cataracts and retinal eye disease.
  • Centennial Village, a feature on the findings on geographic clusters around the world where the longest living people live—from Okinawa, Japan and Ovodda in Sardinia to the Hunza region of Pakistan. The people of these regions, who defy what longevity means, have been found to share some common traits and lifestyle practices that are worthy of attention.
  • Additional highlights include multimedia displays showing the physical effects of aging and plastinated specimens showing the effects of the aging process in our bodies. The exhibition celebrates life in all stages, including childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.

Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS stem from an established body donation program that relies on donor consent. All of the specimens have been preserved through Plastination, a process that replaces the natural fluids in the body with reactive plastics that are initially pliable, and then harden after curing. By hardening the plastic in the specimens, they may be permanently preserved in life-like poses, which illustrate how our bodies internally respond to everyday movements.

"I invented plastination when I was 32—half a life ago—so I could teach people about the human body and show them its full potential,” said Dr. von Hagens. “Now that I am in my 60s, it seemed a natural progression to use my science to present, in BODY WORLDS, the secrets of vitality, longevity and well-being."

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton offers:

  • Families with children a wonderful opportunity to talk about health and vitality.
  • A new look at the aging process and insight on what it takes to live long and live well.
  • A tremendous value. Visitors get to experience the exhibit as well as our five themed galleries, full-dome theatre shows, live science demonstrations and more.
  • Free parking

Visitor Information
Tickets for BODY WORLDS are on sale now and may be purchased online at www.telusworldofscienceedmonton.com, via phone (780.451.3344), or in person at the TELUS World of Science’s Box Office.

Cost for the exhibit includes general admission and each guest must choose their specified entry time. General admission/exhibit tickets are $26.50 for adults; $23.50 for seniors and students and $16.50 for children (3-12). All prices are plus GST. TELUS World of Science – Edmonton members receive a discount on tickets. Advance purchase is recommended. Groups of 20 or more are eligible for a discount when they book in advance. To enhance the exhibit experience, audio guides are available at the entrance to the exhibit for an additional fee.

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Please note: High resolution photographs are available for media use at bodyworlds.com.

About BODY WORLDS
Invented by Dr. von Hagens in 1977, the Plastination process replaces the natural fluids in the specimen with liquid reactive plastics that are hardened and cured with gas, light, or heat. Before hardening the plastic in the specimens, the plastinates are fixed into extraordinary, lifelike poses, illustrating how our bodies internally respond to everyday movements and activities. Plastination provides the flexibility and strength needed to display and preserve the specimens in their true-to-life form, without the use of glass barriers or formaldehyde. Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions stem from an established body donation program that relies on donor consent. The specimens on display, excluding a small number of acquisitions from anatomical collections and anatomy programs, stem from a body donation program that was begun in 1983 by Dr. von Hagens.

About TELUS World of Science - Edmonton
TELUS World of Science - Edmonton is a world-class, broad-based science centre that inspires and motivates people to learn about and contribute to science and technology. TELUS World of Science - Edmonton is a leader in providing high quality, interactive programs and exhibits that provide an avenue for both learning and entertainment, and which spark the imagination of people of all ages. The Edmonton Space & Science Foundation is a non-profit organization that operates TELUS World of Science - Edmonton. For additional information, visit: www.telusworldofscienceedmonton.com

About Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)
HSAA is a union representing nearly 24,000 health care professionals in more than 200 occupations in the province. These professionals are experts in their areas of practice and understand the critical importance of science education. They provide emergency, diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services throughout the province.

HSAA is proud to present BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton, in keeping with our mission statement "to improve the quality of life of our members and society."

Media Contact:
Donalda Pelton Communications 780.452.9100 dpelton@telusworldofscienceedmonton.com

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF DISCOVERY TIMES SQUARE’S BODY WORLDS:  PULSE OPENING APRIL 26TH IN NEW YORK CITY

Ticket Prices Range from $19.50-$25.00 and can be purchased at Box Office or
http://www.discoverytsx.com/exhibitions/bodyworlds

New York, NY – (April 5, 2013) – For the first time ever in New York City, tickets are now on sale for the world premiere of Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: PULSE opening on April 26th.  The Discovery Times Square exhibit is the newest in the renowned BODY WORLDS series, which has presented the human body in groundbreaking ways for discovery to more than 36 million people around the world.

BODY WORLDS: PULSE shows the science and splendor of the human body, and deconstructs its form and function through the trailblazing science of Plastination invented by anatomist, Dr. Gunther von Hagens. It presents the body in health and distress, its vulnerabilities and potential, and many of the challenges the human body faces as it navigates the 21st Century.

BODY WORLDS: PULSE is a convergence of aesthetic anatomy, the latest findings in health and wellness, immersive multimedia, and narrative storytelling threaded with deep metaphors. It shows the possibility of living mindfully, with meaning and vitality, by refracting the story of life and self-actualization, through the donors, who have committed to educating future generations. 

More than 200 plastinated specimens -- including whole bodies, body configurations, translucent slices, and organs, as well as interactives, 3D displays, and other multimedia -- are curated and presented in galleries that feature the various systems of the body.  The locomotive, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, cardiovascular, digestive, and reproductive systems are presented in ways previously familiar only to medical practitioners. The biology and anatomy of the human body, and the continuum of life, are elucidated through anatomical dissections, scenes, and compositions.  Visitors are taken on an epic journey of discovery through the human body. 

BODY WORLDS: Pulse features donor bodies that be¬longed to people who declared during their lifetime that their body should be made available after their deaths for the qualification of physicians and the instruction of lay people, in the BODY WORLDS exhibitions. Many donors emphasize that by donating their bodies, they can be useful to others even after death.

Tickets are affordably priced from $19.50 to $25.00 and can be purchased at the Discovery Times Square box office at 226 West 44th Street; New York, NY  10036, by calling 866-987-9692 or by visiting http://www.discoverytsx.com/exhibitions/bodyworlds.

James Sanna, President of Discovery Times Square says, “Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: PULSE is the definitive work of its kind. It is a transformative experience that illuminates the miracles of the human body that we take for granted every day. This exhibition literally confronts us with how the body absorbs and reacts to the dizzying range of stimuli humans are exposed to in the 21st century. We are thrilled to host this exciting exhibit and finally bring BODY WORLDS to New York City for the first time.”

Dr. Angelina Whalley, Master Planner for the BODY WORLDS exhibitions states, “For New York, I knew we wanted to present a contemporary epic about the human body living in the 21st century that resonated with everyone, which led to the development BODY WORLDS: Pulse.”

Discovery Times Square (DTS) is New York City’s first large-scale exhibition center presenting visitors with limited-run, educational and immersive exhibit experiences while exploring the world’s defining cultures, art, history and events. More than a museum, DTS has featured exhibitions of unparalleled breadth, including Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Workshop, King Tut, Pompeii The Exhibit, Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition and most recently Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor and Spy: The Secret World of Espionage. DTS is located at 226 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenues)

For more information, please visit: http://www.discoverytsx.com/exhibitions/bodyworlds

About BODY WORLDS
Invented by Dr. von Hagens in 1977, the Plastination process replaces the natural fluids in the specimen with liquid reactive plastics that are hardened and cured with gas, light, or heat. Before hardening the plastic in the specimens, the plastinates are fixed into extraordinary, life-like poses, illustrating how our bodies internally respond to everyday movements and activities. Plastination provides the flexibility and strength needed to display and preserve the specimens in their true-to-life form, without the use of glass barriers or formaldehyde. Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions stem from an established body donation program that relies on donor consent. The specimens on display, excluding a small number of acquisitions from anatomical collections and anatomy programs, stem from a body donation program that was begun in 1983 by Dr. von Hagens.


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Press Contact:
Leslie Taylor
Big Machine Agency          
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Discovery Times Square to Premiere BODY WORLDS: PULSE This Spring

First Ever New York Exhibition by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, Inventor of Revolutionary Preservation Technique

NEW YORK CITY - February 22, 2013 -­‐ Discovery Times Square today announces the opening of Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS: PULSE opening this Spring. Dr. Gunther von Hagens is the pioneering anatomist and inventor of Plastination, which halts decomposition of the body and makes possible unprecedented ways of studying the human form. This newest of the renowned BODY WORLDS exhibitions that have presented the human body in this groundbreaking way to more than 36 million people around the world brings together anatomy and the latest findings in health and wellness in a visually compelling and highly entertaining and informative exhibition.

BODY WORLDS: PULSE, a world debut, was developed exclusively for New York City, where it is receiving its premiere engagement at Discovery Times Square. The Spring 2013 opening will mark the first time that one of the trailblazing BODY WORLDS exhibitions will be in New York City.

James Sanna, President of Discovery Times Square says, "Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS: PULSE is the definitive work of its kind. It is a transformative experience that illuminates the miracles of the human body that we take for granted every day. This exhibition literally confronts us with how the body absorbs and reacts to the dizzying range of stimuli humans are exposed to in the 21st century. We are thrilled to host this exciting exhibit and finally bring BODY WORLDS to New York City for the first time."

"BODY WORLDS: PULSE shows the form and function of the human body, its vulnerability and potential, and the challenges it faces navigating the 21st century," said Dr. Angelina Whalley, Director of the Institute for Plastination and conceptual planner of the exhibition.

BODY WORLDS: PULSE brings to life findings from scientific studies that chronicle the effects of fast paced 21st century living on the body and mind and critical connections between the two. Beyond the obvious questions of nutrition and exercise, BODY WORLDS: PULSE explores issues of the pace of one's life, natural tempo and optimal rhythms for healthy living.

The specimens presented in Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS exhibitions stem from the Institute for Plastination's body donation program. To date there are more than 13,000 registered body donors to the Institute, more than 1,000 of them Americans. All of the specimens have been preserved through Plastination, a process that replaces the natural fluids in the body with reactive plastics that are initially pliable, and then harden after infusion. By hardening the plastic in the specimens, they may be permanently preserved in life-­‐like poses, which illustrate how our bodies internally respond to everyday movements.

Discovery Times Square (DTS) is New York City's first large-­‐scale exhibition center presenting visitors with limited-­‐run, educational and immersive exhibit experiences while exploring the world's defining cultures, art, history and events. More than a museum, DTS has featured exhibitions of unparalleled breadth, including Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Leonardo Da Vinci's Workshop, King Tut, Pompeii The Exhibit, Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition and most recently Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China's First Emperor. DTS is located at 226 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenues).

For more information visit: http://www.discoverytsx.com/exhibitions/bodyworlds

Contacts:

Discovery Times Square Carl Cricco
Director, Marketing
(646) 619-­‐8615 carl@runningsubway.com

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