Exhibit displays dissected human bodies

Andres Escamilla

Gunther von Hagens’ “Body Worlds 3: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies & the Story of the Heart,” is opening its doors on Friday at the California Science Center and will be open until Sept. 7.

This exhibition is of dissected human bodies that have gone through the process of plastination and then are manipulated into positions in which live human beings would be.

The creative minds that have created and developed this exhibit are those of two German doctors, von Hagens and Dr. Angelina Whalley.

This exhibit has traveled around the world fascinating large varieties of people. People such as doctors can now see what their work looks like after bolting an arm together, or a smoker who can see the damage he has done to his longs.

“I’ve never seen an exhibit that impacts people so much,” said Jeffrey N. Rudolph, president and CEO of the California Science Center

“In fact “30 percent of the people (visitors) a year later said they changed their behavior as a result of seeing the exhibit.”

This exhibit was first brought to the Science Center in 2004 and has since then toured around the globe.

This is the third edition of the exhibit in which the theme is that of the human heart. The creators have decided to add a theme to each of the exhibits because “you still have the full quality of the exhibit but there is an added depth in the exhibition of the heart,” said Rudolph.