Week 6-Kevin Schmidt- Plastination

This week in class we discussed the process of plastination. It’s a process by which bodies are preserved by putting plastic into the muscles. It is a great way to see human anatomy and learn about the body because you are seeing the real thing but the bodies don’t decay and go bad like a regular cadaver would. They are incredibly helpful tools for anyone who is studying to become a doctor. However the Body World exhibits that are shown all over the country are not just for doctors. They are fun and interesting exhibits that can be enjoyed by anyone who has any type of fascination with the human body. If you want to see if there is going to be a body world exhibit near you look at this link: http://www.thetech.org/bodyworld/ . it also has a lot of interesting photos and information on plastination.
They are a perfect example of how art science and technology fit together. It takes science and technology to come up with the plastination process and through the process pieces of human art are created. All types of artists use these exhibits as a way to improve their art. A sculptor could use the exhibit to better understand the human anatomy and how the different muscle groups work together to cause basic human motions. A painter could benefit similarly. Some of the world’s greatest and most famous artists such as Michelangelo and Da Vinci took pride in how well they understood the human anatomy. In Michelangelo’s famous painting in the Sistine Chapel, “Disputation”, he clearly shows off his talents in being able to paint the human body with such great detail. His knowledge of the human body and knowing what muscle groups worked together was amazing, especially considering the time that it was painted in.
This week in class we also discussed the human genome project. This was the first successful cloning of any animal. It was a major milestone in scientific discoveries, but one that also has some potentially threatening implications because that brings up the question of what types of things are or are not ok to clone. It is a heavily debated topic in the scientific community.

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