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Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS & The Mirror of Time Opens Tomorrow at London's O2 - 24 Oct 2008 - 23 Aug 2009

Thursday, October 23, 2008 General News J E 4
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LONDON, October 23

- New Edition of BODY WORLDS Exhibition Features a Special Presentationon the Human Life Cycle and Ageing

BODY WORLDS & The Mirror of Time, the new exhibition from physician andpioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, makes its world premiere at TheO2 bubble tomorrow, Friday 24 October, 2008. It features a specialpresentation on the human life cycle and more than 200 plastinates -specimens preserved through Plastination, the remarkable scientific processinvented and perfected by Dr. von Hagens. The exhibition will run until 23August 2009.

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In partnership with the producers of the sensational Tutankhamun and theGolden Age of the Pharaohs, AEG and Arts and Exhibitions International (AEI),BODY WORLDS & The Mirror of Time is the latest instalment of groundbreakinganatomical exhibitions by the trailblazing scientist and features a specialpresentation on the human life cycle and ageing by exhibition designer, Dr.Angelina Whalley.

The exhibition shows the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of thehuman body through anatomical studies of the body in distress, disease andoptimal health. The brand new exhibition includes many human and animalspecimens unseen in the UK, including a full-sized giraffe.

Dr. von Hagens commented; "I invented plastination when I was 32 - half alife ago - so I could teach people about the human body and show them itsfull potential. Now that I am in my 60s, it seemed a natural progression touse my science to present, in BODY WORLDS, the secrets of vitality, longevityand well-being."

The displays and installations in BODY WORLDS & The Mirror of Time takevisitors on a journey of self discovery, showing the body living through time- at its most radiant, as it changes, grows, matures, peaks and finallywanes. It includes a stunning look at conception and "ageing" duringpre-natal development and a homage to the creativity of young people whichshows the developing teen brain from infancy and childhood to adolescence.

Other highlights that will captivate and educate visitors of all agesinclude:

David Campbell, Chief Executive of AEG Europe, said: "I'm delighted TheO2 is showcasing Dr. Gunther von Hagens' latest exhibition in the BODY WORLDSseries. When a BODY WORLDS exhibition last ran in London between 2002 - 2003,it drew more than 800,000 visitors and no doubt it will prove just as popularthis time round. Nowadays we are even more aware of, and keen to understandhow, lifestyle choices can affect our health, so we expect this newexhibition, BODY WORLDS & The Mirror of Time will be extremely popular -becoming one of London's must-see attractions."

BODY WORLDS is the only anatomical exhibition with an established bodydonation programme through which individuals grant informed consent thattheir bodies can be used in this way.

For more information and to book tickets visithttp://www.visitlondon.com/bodyworlds.

Schools and groups discounts available

Tickets are timed and dated and admission is 10 a.m. - 6.30 p.m. daily(8.30pm Thursdays). Due to high ticket demand, advance ticket purchase isstrongly recommended. To book tickets and for more information, visithttp://www.visitlondon.com/bodyworlds or call 0844 844 0003. Tickets also canbe purchased at The O2 box office.

About BODY WORLDS:

Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS are the only public anatomicalexhibitions that stem from an established body donation program and usedonated bodies. BODY WORLDS exhibitions have opened to critical acclaim in 47cities worldwide and more than 26 million visitors across Asia, Europe, andNorth America have experienced the exhibition since its debut in Japan in1996.

URL: http://www.visitlondon.com/bodyworlds

For further information, please contact:

The BODY WORLDS & The Mirror of Time press office: +44-(0)870-990-5408/bodyworlds@golinharris.com

For photographs, biographies and press materials

http://www.bodyworlds.com/en/media.html

http://www.visitlondon.com/bodyworlds- The Fast Forward Face Transformer - two 'age progression' displays, developed by Perception Lab at St. Andrews University, Scotland, which allow visitors to view firsthand the effects of smoking and obesity on ageing, as well as the effects of natural ageing. With the help of a web camera, the visitor's face is captured in real time and the photograph can then show one of three variations; natural ageing over the course of a lifetime; ageing over a lifetime due to smoking, and ageing when marked by obesity. The results are dramatic. - Centennial Village - findings on geographic clusters around the world inhabited by the oldest living people - from Okinawa, Japan and Ovodda in Sardinia to the Hunza region of Pakistan. - My Life in Pictures - a chronicle of real people in the UK photographed throughout their lives - reiterating the exhibition's premise of the body as a `mirror of time'. - The Artists' Gaze - a striking display about sight and vision that presents computer simulations of the vision of Impressionist painters Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, who suffered from cataract and retinal eye diseases.

SOURCE BODY WORLDS
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