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Do You Want To Be Plastinated?

Posted by Geoff Edgers  August 16, 2006 07:32 AM
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Attendance is booming at the Museum of Science, but what about the body count? That's right. Anybody who has walked into "Body Worlds 2," the show that features real bodies sliced and diced for the viewing public, has encountered the promise of immortality in the form of a donor pamplet. Gunther von Hagens, the German doctor behind the exhibition, wants you, too, to be plastinated. In other words, he wants you to sign over your body so that when you die, all the wet, squishy stuff inside is replaced by silicon. Then, when you're all rubbery, he can turn you into a skier, or a heavy metal guitarist, or a barfly. Then he'll mount you for the exhibition.

Sound crazy? Not to Stephanie Chapu, the first Canadian woman to sign up. And there are 6,000 more where Chapu came from, including this man, Jeffrey Rudolph, the president of the California Science Center.

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So whaddayasay Boston? Want to get plastinated? Apparently, so far, no. A Body Worlds representative tells us nobody in Boston has yet signed on with Von Hagens. That goes for Ioannis Miaoulis, the museum's director. Squeemish about the exhibit originally, he eventually decided to follow Rudolph's lead in bringing the blockbuster to his museum. Had he now considered getting plastinated like Rudolph? "He said that he's considering donating his body for Plastination but hasn't yet made up his mind," a spokeswoman let us know.

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About Exhibitionist Geoff Edgers covers arts news for The Boston Globe..
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