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Your photos could be part of body’ exhibits

PUBLISHED: 18:22 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:32 25 August 2010

RESIDENTS can send photographs of themselves to be used in a major anatomical exhibition set to be seen by thousands of people.

RESIDENTS can send photographs of themselves to be used in a major anatomical exhibition set to be seen by thousands of people.

Many across Britain can be involved in the Body Worlds exhibition which opens at the O2 in Greenwich tomorrow, by sending in photographs of themselves taken over the course of their lives.

This is the latest exhibition to open by the trailblazing scientist Gunther von Hagens, who sparked controversy when he dissected a body live on television.

Speaking exclusively to the Times, his wife, Dr Angelina Whalley who is designing the new show, which features donated bodies, said she wants the public to be part of it.

The physician said: "I wanted to create an exhibition that resonates with visitors that make them feel it is about them and is of relevance to them by including their pictures about how they develop in life and make them aware how the human body develops in time."

Their very first exhibition was in Japan and now Body Worlds, in one form or another has toured 47 cities worldwide and has been seen by more than 25 million people.

But this is the first time the Mirror Of Time theme will feature along with the public's photographs.

Dr Whalley said: "I particularly like working with this subject because life expectancy has increased so much.

"I hope to use at least 500 visual histories of individuals in a large gallery installation called My Life In Pictures to remind visitors that ageing is a universal, inevitable human experience that is not to be feared."

The 48-year-year old admits her first meeting with her 63-year-old husband was not very romantic.

It was over a dead body in dissection class which he was giving on advanced anatomy.

Since 1993 she had headed their business and now her husband is recognised all over the world.

She said: "I have had people tell me when they see the exhibition, they see the body completely differently and the way they view their whole life. That is extremely pleasing.

"My husband is quite recognisable with his hat and people will stop him in the street saying because of you, I stopped smoking or because of the specimen we have on obesity, I have really changed my diet. It is really changing people's behaviour."

A special preview event will be held for those whose photos become part of the montage.

- Visit www.bodyworlds.co.uk for further details on how to forward photographs.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk


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