The use of plastinates in schools, museums and other institutions was the subject of an oral presentation from Dr. Christoph von Horst at the EAVA congress in Stara Zagora (Bulgaria). Veterinary anatomists from all of Europe, the US, South America, New Zealand and Australia heard about how plastinates can be adapted to the needs of a wider range of users. The tension between aesthetics and the scientific message played a major role in the speach. Co-author of the presentation was Prof. Dr. Robert W. Henry (President of the World Association of Veterinary Anatomists). Henry and von Horst also presented a scientific poster that suggests a change of the anatomical nomenclature (Nomina anatomica veterinaria) for the equine maxillary sinuses.
The equestrian magazine Cavallo shows a plastinate of the equine hock (tarsal joint sagittal section) in its Mai issue. In the following months various insight into the horse anatomy will be shown in the horse magazine. All plastinates and anatomical photographs were done by myself. Similar specimens and prints can be ordered directly at HC Biovision.
In the city of Guben, Germany there are rumours that the plastinarium of Dr. Gunther von Hagens might soon be closed down and even that the father might be incapacitated by the son. This was reported in an article by the newspaper “Lausitzer Rundschau“. The son of the bodyworlds creator Dr. Gunther von Hagens denied these rumours: He is going to take over the position as managing director and further employment cuts were necessary. The bodyworlds exhibitions (now in Seoul, San Juan – Puerto Rico, in Naples, Amsterdam und London) are still the most profitable business of the Insitute for Plastination.
Just as interesting as the article in the internet are the comments and discussions about it: It seems that a comment which mentioned the dept overload of the Gubener Plastinate GmbH was deleted by now. This comment also mentioned how the dept overload could be verified at www.bundesanzeiger.de (German Federal Gazette) by entering “Gubener Plastinate GmbH” in the search field.
Link to article.
The fact that Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ son will take over the position as managing director was already announced last summer during a Plastination conference of the International Society for Plastination (link to youtube channel Plastinate).
The Speaker of the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg announced that Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ son Rurik von Hagens will instantly be general manager of the plastination facilities in Guben. The number of staff in Guben was reduced from initial 180 to 42 recently. The “Plastinarium” in Guben produces plastinates that are also offered in an online shop and that are displayed in the bodyworlds exhibitions. Newspaper article in the Märkische Oderzeitung.
Pig jaws are used in the education of dentists. The pig´s molar and premolar teeth are very much the same like in humans, so that various procedures in dentistry can easily be practised. This plastination of a pig´s head allows further general insight that are interesting for the dentist and oral surgeon: the path of the Maxillary Nerv, the structure and position of the Parotis Gland and various topographical relations. Besides complete head sheet plastinates like this one, most common tooth preparations that I am doing are thin ground teeth with vision of the pulpa nerves and vessels. Furthermore parents love to have their children´s milk teeth / baby teeth embedded in acrylic.
The German Newspaper “Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung” reported on the 14th of April 2012 that Dr. Gunther von Hagens recently finished plastinating the “crucified Jesus”. The specimen, which is a combined bone- / blood vessels preparation, shall be carried over the alps all the way to Rome. You can find the German online article here: http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/wissenschaft/Gunther-von-Hagens-Jesus-am-Kreuz-als-letztes-grosses-Werk-id19564271.html.
The article also shows a picture of the “Sitting Act” plastination from Dr. Gunther von Hagens. The city of Augsburg did not allow the presentation of this “Sex-Plastinate” in the context of the Bodyworlds exhibition in the past. The Augsburger Allgemeine had also published an article about my own plastination of animals a while ago.
A closer look shows details of the bird anatomy, eg. size of eye and cerebellum in comparison to the cerebrum.
The plastinate shows the beauty of the anatomy. This encourages to step closer and take a look at unexpected details.
TV-documentation about the art exhibition in the “Brunnenhof” with a presentation of Dr. Christoph von Horst´s plastination art (in the Youtube Video from 1:39 minutes).