Controversial German anatomist will bring his latest creations to London next year
Skinned elephants, plastinated gorillas and preserved giraffes will form a new and peculiar exhibit the Natural History Museum will receive next year when the controversial anatomist Gunther von Hagens brings his latest creatures to the British capital.
Plans for the exhibition, Animal Inside Out, which will open in South Kensington on 6 April and run for six months, have been kept secret as the museum is aware of past opposition to Von Hagens' work. The German has been causing controversy around the world since his first show of preserved human bodies in 1995.
The exhibition of animals is currently assembled in Frankfurt, Germany and features a brown bear, octopus, gorilla, shark, ostrich, and horse.
Each corpse, human or animal, takes about a year to prepare using Von Hagens' "plastination" technique. He embalms the bodies, removes the body fat and water and then impregnates a polymer such as silicone rubber into the corpse. The body is then positioned as desired for the exhibition and hardened using gas, light or heat. …