By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2010
BODIES…The Exhibition helps viewers understand through vivid athletic poses the detailed functions of the human body, including balance and muscle strength.
You may have heard of it coming to other cities, but now the amazing exhibition that celebrates the wonder of the human form is open in Tulsa. BODIES…The Exhibition opened in October at The Village at Woodlands, located at 6808 S. Memorial Drive (71st Street & Memorial Drive), Suite 220. This is the Oklahoma debut of the international show, which has attracted more than 15 million visitors and received wide acclaim in cities such as New York, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., London and Madrid. The Exhibition will run in Tulsa through February 13, 2011.
BODIES…The Exhibition is a fascinating look into the complexities of the human body, taking the public through a nine-gallery tour of the body to see more than 150 real human specimens consisting of whole bodies and individual organs that have been meticulously dissected and preserved through an innovative process. Offering an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body, the Exhibition helps visitors understand the detailed structures and functions of the body.
“We’re excited to have such an internationally known exhibition come to Tulsa,” said Roy Hoyt, interim vice president of VisitTulsa, Tulsa’s convention and visitors bureau. “Attractions like these provide an opportunity to bring visitors to our region and instill a greater sense of community pride for our residents knowing their city can attract and host an event of this caliber. We look forward to telling incoming conference and convention attendees about Tulsa’s newest attraction.”
Many of the whole-body specimens in BODIES…The Exhibition are displayed in vivid athletic poses, allowing visitors to relate the Exhibition to many everyday activities. In addition, the Exhibition enables visitors to see and understand medical conditions and organ damage caused by unhealthy activity such as lack of exercise or overeating. For example, a healthy lung is featured next to a black lung ravaged by smoking in a vivid comparison more powerful than any textbook image.
According to Dr. Roy Glover, chief medical director of BODIES…The Exhibition, the human body specimens are preserved through a revolutionary technique called polymer preservation. In this process, human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber that is treated and hardened. The end result is a rubberized specimen, preserved to the cellular level that showcases the complexity of the body’s many bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs. The full-body specimens can take more than a year to prepare.
BODIES…The Exhibition is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Discounts are available for groups, senior citizens and students. For more information, visit www.bodiestulsa.com.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.