Donate your body to art!

From the wonderful folks over at the Communist News Network comes this wonderful news.

Traditionally, medical schools have been the most common recipients of willed specimens in America. Then, in 1993, controversial German anatomist Gunther von Hagens emerged with an alternative.

Von Hagens, a self-styled iconoclast who earned the moniker Dr. Frankenstein in Europe for performing a public dissection, invented plastination in the 1970s.

He spent the next few years popularizing and refining the process, which replaces bodily fluids and fat with plastic, earning equal shares of admiration and infamy.

In 1993, von Hagens founded the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany, a research center that performs plastination and manages the Body Worlds exhibits.

The Institute produces specimens for Body Worlds exhibits and academic institutions that pay anywhere from $200 to $60,000 for them.

Von Hagens says he relies on donors not only as a source of specimens, but also as representations of Body Worlds’ philosophy.

“I feel it is in line with democratic principles that you can decide in your lifetime whether to go to the cemetery or put yourself on display in an exhibition to teach the next generation,” von Hagens said in a recent telephone interview.

That’s right folks. Instead of being buried, you can donate your body not to science, but an art exhibit that travels the world displaying the human body once it has been skinned and mounted in various poses.

This ladies and gentlemen, will be where Zombies come from.

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One Response to “Donate your body to art!”

  1. Joe Says:

    When I die I don’t plan on having anything left of me that will be useful to anyone.

    And zombies? their will be plenty of them mindless things in Denver during the last week of August.

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