Preserved bodies await approval

PUBLIC curiosity about a display of preserved bodies, now sitting in Hall 1 of the Singapore Expo, will have to wait a little longer as the exhibition has not received the official go-ahead. 

Arts & Sciences (Singapore), the organiser of the controversial Body Worlds exhibition, said on Tuesday that it applied for a licence from the Media Development Authority in September and received “very good indication” it would be approved. 

Until then, the doors stay shut on the 200 organ specimens and 22 bodies, which have been preserved by replacing the fat and water in body tissues with plastic.  

REAL CORPSES:Some of the preserved bodies at Singapore Expo.The Body Worlds exhibition is thebrainchild of a German scientist.— STpic

When contacted on Tuesday, a spokesman from the authority confirmed it was “reviewing the application and will make a decision in due course.” 

The authority was weighing concerns of public sensitivity to the event. 

In the meantime, Arts & Sciences pays more than S$10,000 (RM21,800) a day in rent for its space at the convention centre. 

Arts & Sciences managing director Edward Kim said the time was being used for cleaning and adding final touches to the interior design. 

Body Worlds is the brainchild of controversial German scientist Gunther von Hagens, who developed the process of “plastination.” – The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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