Gunther von Hagens and Plastination
March 2012: Thanks to Pinterest, I come across interesting photos, illustrations and paintings related to science in art. I came across the above photo which I first thought was a painting, but after a bit more research, found out that it was through the patented process of plastination that anatomist Gunther von Hagens created this cast.
He and his wife are part of the Body World‘s exhibition where they actually showcase human corpses. An exhibition goes on till the end of March 2012 in both Puerto Rico and Rome. I must warn you, the website is not for the faint hearted and I refrain from putting anymore images at this blog (that’s why I decided against become a doctor. The sight of dead bodies would paralyse me).
However, the acid-corrosion cast has inspired me to do a series of ‘vein’ sketches of hands and limbs of humans, reliving the days when I studied about the superior and inferior vena cava in a human body, and the difference between the arteries and veins.