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When: Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 31 2015
Price: $14.95-$19.95
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The traveling exhibit Body Worlds will reach its 20th anniversary next year, and its newest opening is a kind of ode to longevity. In 2008, Body Worlds 3 came to The Leonardo when the museum wasn't officially open yet, and the exhibit helped The Leo make a big splash in the community with a subject that touches people in very personal ways. The Cycle of Life follows the span of a human being's existence from conception and prenatal development to death, and carries an emphatic message: Our own actions have an immense impact on our health and quality of life, reflected starkly here in cancerous lungs and diseased livers. Body Worlds' exhibits are created through the plastination process, which replaces the natural fluids in bodily organs and tissues with liquid plastics. The anatomical specimens are then molded into poses to illustrate movements and conditions of the human body. The Cycle of Life includes hockey players and an aged man leaning on a cane among the 19 full-body specimens on display. The exhibit features more than 200 plastinates, most of which are new to The Leonardo, as well as photographs, diagrams, explanations about topics like free radicals, and epigrams like "Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters." (Seneca) With all the examples of healthy versus unhealthy lifestyle practices, some of the most poignant images are those of donors who gave their own bodies upon their death to help us understand what it means to be alive. (Brian Staker, City Weekly)

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