Body World comes to Cape Town

One of the freakiest things I have ever seen was sent to me in the form of a little link in a Skype conversation and despite initial shock at the concept, I am actually quite excited about this.

Body World is in Cape Town! This is a world famous exhibition of preserved (yes, implying dead) bodies and now you too can go and learn something! For those of you who don’t know much about this, here’s a bit of an introduction.

So there’s this chap called Gunther von Hagens. He reminds me a bit of a new age Inspector gadget crossed with Indiana Jones. Anyway, so this very clever scientist perfected a really awesome way of preserving the human body. Who knows, perhaps he’s part Egyptian and felt the need to embalm, either way he’s been mastering this ‘preservation process’ for the last three decades and he calls it 


So exactly what is this?  Well, it’s a technique or process used in anatomy to preserve bodies or body parts (thanks Wiki) and basically water is replaced by plastic and the body is preserved. (there’s a few more processes involved but basically, preservation is the point). It’s been a technique used for a while to preserve smaller specimens. It’s actually only since the 90s that entire bodies are preserved with this method. And some of these preservations are on display at the Waterfront …. so if you are in the mood for an educational treat, with just the right mix of ‘scary but true’, you need to head on down there! Warning though.. it’s not for the faint hearted – which in itself is a pun, if you think about what it is that ol von Hagens does for a living! 

Keen? Tickets are on sale at! V&A Waterfront, Breakwater Boulevard, Cape Town is the place to be if this is something for you.

I’m still in two minds about it…