LONDON, October 23 /PRNewswire/ --

- New Edition of BODY WORLDS Exhibition Features a Special Presentation on the Human Life Cycle and Ageing

BODY WORLDS The Mirror of Time, the new exhibition from physician and pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, makes its world premiere at The O2 bubble tomorrow, Friday 24 October, 2008. It features a special presentation on the human life cycle and more than 200 plastinates - specimens preserved through Plastination, the remarkable scientific process invented and perfected by Dr. von Hagens. The exhibition will run until 23 August 2009.

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In partnership with the producers of the sensational Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, AEG and Arts and Exhibitions International (AEI), BODY WORLDS The Mirror of Time is the latest instalment of groundbreaking anatomical exhibitions by the trailblazing scientist and features a special presentation on the human life cycle and ageing by exhibition designer, Dr. Angelina Whalley.

The exhibition shows the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the human body through anatomical studies of the body in distress, disease and optimal health. The brand new exhibition includes many human and animal specimens unseen in the UK, including a full-sized giraffe.

Dr. von Hagens commented; I invented plastination when I was 32 - half a life ago - so I could teach people about the human body and show them its full potential. Now that I am in my 60s, it seemed a natural progression to use my science to present, in BODY WORLDS, the secrets of vitality, longevity and well-being.

The displays and installations in BODY WORLDS The Mirror of Time take visitors on a journey of self discovery, showing the body living through time - at its most radiant, as it changes, grows, matures, peaks and finally wanes. It includes a stunning look at conception and ageing during pre-natal development and a homage to the creativity of young people which shows the developing teen brain from infancy and childhood to adolescence.

Other highlights that will captivate and educate visitors of all ages include:

- The Fast Forward Face Transformer - two 'age progression' displays, developed by Perception Lab at St. Andrews University, Scotland, which allow visitors to view firsthand the effects of smoking and obesity on ageing, as well as the effects of natural ageing. With the help of a web camera, the visitor's face is captured in real time and the photograph can then show one of three variations; natural ageing over the course of a lifetime; ageing over a lifetime due to smoking, and ageing when marked by obesity. The results are dramatic. - Centennial Village - findings on geographic clusters around the world inhabited by the oldest living people - from Okinawa, Japan and Ovodda in Sardinia to the Hunza region of Pakistan. - My Life in Pictures - a chronicle of real people in the UK photographed throughout their lives - reiterating the exhibition's premise of the body as a `mirror of time'. - The Artists' Gaze - a striking display about sight and vision that presents computer simulations of the vision of Impressionist painters Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, who suffered from cataract and retinal eye diseases.

David Campbell, Chief Executive of AEG Europe, said: I'm delighted The O2 is showcasing Dr. Gunther von Hagens' latest exhibition in the BODY WORLDS series. When a BODY WORLDS exhibition last ran in London between 2002 - 2003, it drew more than 800,000 visitors and no doubt it will prove just as popular this time round. Nowadays we are even more aware of, and keen to understand how, lifestyle choices can affect our health, so we expect this new exhibition, BODY WORLDS The Mirror of Time will be extremely popular - becoming one of London's must-see attractions.

BODY WORLDS is the only anatomical exhibition with an established body donation programme through which individuals grant informed consent that their bodies can be used in this way.

For more information and to book tickets visit


Single Tickets

- Adults: £12 (Friday - Sunday £14) - Children ages 6-17: £8.00 (Friday - Sunday: £9.50) - Concessions £9.00 (Friday - Sunday: £10.50) - Family (2 adult, 2 children) £29 (Friday - Sunday: £34)

Schools and groups discounts available

Tickets are timed and dated and admission is 10 a.m. - 6.30 p.m. daily (8.30pm Thursdays). Due to high ticket demand, advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. To book tickets and for more information, visit or call 0844 844 0003. Tickets also can be purchased at The O2 box office.


Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS are the only public anatomical exhibitions that stem from an established body donation program and use donated bodies. BODY WORLDS exhibitions have opened to critical acclaim in 47 cities worldwide and more than 26 million visitors across Asia, Europe, and North America have experienced the exhibition since its debut in Japan in 1996.


For further information, please contact:

The BODY WORLDS The Mirror of Time press office: +44-(0)870-990-5408 /

For photographs, biographies and press materials

Contact: Sophie Smith (+44-(0)7812-214-342) / Sarah Williams (+44-(0)7834-073-653). BODY WORLDS Contact: Gareth Strangemore-Jones (+44-(0)7809-623-548) /