Written by By Jess Paniszczyn
The muscular system of a large bull is shown in detail as he engages in a playful game of tug of war with an invisible rival; the clearly defined circulatory system of a dog seems ready to chase a ball, while a camel’s head and neck is captured in three different poses as he bends to the ground. These and roughly 100 other Plastinated and capillary animal specimens are currently on display at the ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, a BODY WORLDS Production in the lower level of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science through Feb. 17, 2014. On a limited tour in U.S., the ANIMAL INSIDE OUT exhibition is Perot Museum’s first traveling exhibition.
None of the animals in the exhibit were killed or harmed in any way for the sake of the exhibit. They came from various zoos, veterinary programs and animal groups. There are a few human bodies included in the exhibit, which originated from the Institute for Plastination’s body donation program. The humans provide visitors with the opportunity to compare humans with the other animals included in the exhibit.
“Today is just the beginning of what we hope are hundreds of thousands of people coming through this exhibition, having not only an awe-inspiring moment but hopefully a life changing moment,” said Nicole Small, Eugene McDermott CEO of the Perot Museum.
“Humans tend to be fascinated most by things we’ve never seen,” said Dr. Angelina Whalley, curator and creative/conceptual designer for BODY WORLDS. “This is one major reason why Body Worlds has been so widely successful with almost 40 million visitors worldwide. To see firsthand what we are made of, how our organs fit into the body and what they look like inspired so many people and even changed their lives. It should definitely change their view on themselves.