Exhibition introduces a first for SA and two new plastinates
The BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition, now on at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg until 19 June, is excited to announce the addition of an interactive Anatomical Mirror to South Africa for the first time. The Anatomical Mirror reflects a person’s body movements as he or she stands in front of an on-screen figure; revealing the layers of the underlying anatomy. As with the other 180 or so exhibits at “Vital”, the anatomical model creatively educates visitors about their incredibly sophisticated bodies, and adds a fun dimension.
As soon as the user steps on the marked point, their body movements are transmitted in real-time to a virtual anatomical 3D model. After selecting the male or female model, labels for the different body parts appear on the screen. The reflective model continues to move as a mirror image of the user while the various internal layers are shown.
In addition, one of most controversial plastinates has joined the collection on display at Sci-Bono. “The Suspended Act” shows two deceased donors, who had given their prior consent, joined together in a sexual act. For Gunther von Hagens, scientist and creator of BODY WORLDS, this plastinate shows ”the most human of all human acts. Both primal and fundamental, and the reason we are all here on this spinning blue globe.“ Owing to the nature of the pose, these plastinates are recommended for adult viewing and are placed in an enclosed area within the exhibition.
Both the Anatomical Mirror and the new plastinates are included in the normal BODY WORLDS Vital ticket price.
Great World Exhibitions Managing Director, Tyrone Thöle says he grabbed the opportunity to bring the Anatomical Mirror and new plastinates to South Africa: “We want visitors to BODY WORLDS Vital to have an enjoyable, educational and engaging experience and we believe these recent extras will add another dimension.”
Proudly presented by Discovery, BODY WORLDS Vital invites visitors to examine some 180 real human specimens revealing the human body’s intelligent design. Since the exhibition opened in March, public response has been exceptional. The theme of this exhibition focuses on health, vitality, the body’s athletic potential, and the effects of certain major chronic diseases.
To enjoy the amazing Anatomical Mirror and a truly unique exhibition experience, visit the exciting BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition any day of the week between 09h00 and 18h00. There’s nothing quite like it. For more information and bookings, visit www.bodyworldsvital.co.za.
1 March to 19 June 2016 inclusive
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre,
Corner of Miriam Makeba St & Helen Joseph St, Newtown, Johannesburg
9am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Last admission: 5pm
Estimated time to view the entire exhibition: 1.5 – 2 hours
Ticket Prices (excludes Audio Guide)
Adults (18 years+): Discounted weekdays: R120 pp;
Weekends, public holidays and school holidays: R160 pp
Children* (6 to 17 years): Any day, special child rate: R100 pp
Children under 5 years: Free
Family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children)
Discounted weekdays: R360. Weekends, public holidays and school holidays: R440
Audio Guides: R40 per unit
Group Bookings (per person)
Group (10+): R100 valid weekdays only
Schools (10+ learners) valid weekdays only
Entry only: 6 – 17 years: R80; 18+ years: R100; Teachers/adults: R120
Entry + Audio Guide: 6 – 17 years: R100; 18+ years: R120; Teachers/adults: R140
Bookings and Time-Slot tickets
To avoid possible disappointment, pre-online bookings are recommended. Tickets can also be purchased at the venue, subject to availability. Tickets are sold in 30-minute time slots to prevent overcrowding. When purchasing a ticket online, select the 30-minute period during which you wish to arrive at the exhibition. Once you have entered the exhibition, you are welcome to stay as long as you want within opening hours.
Discovery Limited is a South African-founded financial services organisation that operates in the healthcare, life assurance, short-term insurance, savings and investment products and wellness markets. Founded in 1992, Discovery was guided by a clear core purpose – to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. Underpinning this core purpose is the belief that through innovation, Discovery can be a powerful market disruptor.
The company, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, has expanded its operations globally and currently serves over 4.4 million clients across South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Singapore and Australia. Discovery recently announced an intent to partner with Generali, a leading insurer in Europe, and has partnered John Hancock in the US. These new partnerships will bring Discovery’s shared-value business model to protection industries in Europe and the US.
Vitality, Discovery’s wellness programme, is the world’s largest scientific, incentive-based wellness solution for individuals and corporates. The global Vitality membership base now exceeds three million lives in five markets.
Discovery is an authorised financial services provider and trades under the code “DSY” on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange.
Launched in 1992, Discovery Health is South Africa’s largest healthcare funder and manager of medical schemes. It manages 15 medical schemes.
- This includes the Discovery Health Medical Scheme, which has a 53% share in the open medical schemes market, making it South Africa’s largest open medical scheme.
- Discovery Health covers over 2.9 million lives (all schemes under management).
- Discovery Health Medical Scheme is the only scheme in South Africa to enjoy an AA+ rating for its claims paying ability, the highest possible credit rating from international rating agency Global Credit Ratings.
- The Discovery Health Medical Scheme holds over R11.6 billion in reserves.
- Discovery Health pioneered consumer-driven healthcare in South Africa with the introduction of innovations like the Medical Savings Account and its wellness programme, Vitality.
- Discovery Health has consistently been voted the top healthcare product at the Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) Awards.
About Great World Exhibitions
Body Worlds Vital is brought to South Africa by Great World Exhibitions – South Africa’s leading promoter and presenter of internationally acclaimed touring exhibitions. Our proven track record and exclusive focus on delivering touring exhibitions reassure our partners of a commercially sound operating model and a professional service. Our objectives are to entertain, educate and inspire South Africans. We achieve this by showcasing the most exceptional and innovative exhibitions that captivate audiences all over the world. Since 2012, our team has successfully promoted and run three BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life exhibitions, two Da Vinci – The Genius exhibitions and two TUTANKHAMUN – His Tomb and His Treasures exhibitions at prime locations in Johannesburg and Cape Town.