ANIMAL INSIDE OUT – A Modern Day Noah’s Ark
It is only natural for humans to be fascinated most by what we have never seen before. And what might be more astonishing to visitors than these giants from the steppes, the jungles, and the deep seas? Plastinator Dr. Gunther von Hagens and curator Dr. Angelina Whalley have created a spectacular exhibition: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT. Thanks to revolutionary plastination technologies, even the largest animals can be aesthetically dissected and preserved for the long term.
This memorable and educational exhibition is dedicated to the animals’ insides. A look underneath the skin and fur allows impressions of the animals’ bone structure, muscles, nervous system and organs at a level of detail never before expected. “It is fascinating to see the anatomical similarities of the vertebrates on the one hand, and how many different anatomical variations have formed on the other hand in response to an animal’s living conditions—such as the elephant’s trunk or the giraffe’s long neck,” says the curator Dr. Angelina Whalley.
In addition to a gorilla packing 120 kilograms of muscle, a bear, a giant giraffe and other animals, some of them domestic, ANIMAL INSIDE OUT presents a veritable sensation: “Samba”, the first elephant plastinates ever! “Samba,” with her mass of 3.2 tons and a size of 6 by 3.5 metres is the largest animal ever plastinated as a whole.
Everyone interested in animals, short or tall, young or old, is invited to participate in an easy-to-understand anatomical safari. In a manner that is more graphic and more detailed than any anatomy textbook could ever be, the exhibition relates interesting facts about all the animals shown.
The fascinating visit to the exhibition provides unique insights into the animals’ interiors and opens up a 3rd dimension of experience Thus, the didactic aim of ANIMAL INSIDE OUT becomes apparent: The exhibition illustrates the complexity of the animals’ insides, and how different animals have adapted both their anatomy and their organ function to their natural habitats. In doing so, the exhibition also shows how important it is for humans not to endanger the animal world by negligent and selfish destruction. Recognizing this, visitors will develop increased respect for animal life and will become more aware of the necessity of protecting the habitats of endangered animal species.
Didactically, ANIMAL INSIDE OUT has been prepared in a way that makes it suitable for children as well. Seeing this special exhibition is practically a must—not only as part of biology class.
For further information please visit www.animalinsideout.com
Open daily from 10.00am to 7pm from 12 March 2015 for a limited time only at the Ambassador Theatre