NEWS & MEDIA
This couple discusses the exhibit and
the human body. ©OBTUW
Welcome members of the press, to the News and Media
section of ECHO's Our Body: The Universe Within
web site. All the information provided here, as well as
the photographs may be used by you as you cover this impressive,
world-class exhibit here at ECHO, on the waterfront in
The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, April 14,
2012. It is the first exhibit to occupy the brand new
Lakeside Pavilion which is an expansion
of ECHO's exhibit and programming space.
This is the first time an exhibit of this caliber has
been displayed in a market as small as Burlington. Typically
the exhibit would be in markets such as New York, Montreal,
Miami and San Antonio. We are privileged to be able to
bring Our Body: The Universe Within to
the Champlain Valley region and we have been able to do
so with the incredible support from the University of
Vermont College of Medicine especially with regards to
programming on special events to complement the exhibit.
Additional support has come from Revision and Dealer.com.
For more information about this exhibit, please contact
Gerianne Smart, ECHO's Director of Marketing
and Communications, via phone (802-864-1848, ext. 125)
or via email.
Getting up close and personal with the exhibit. ©OBTUW
OUR BODY: THE UNIVERSE WITHIN is a fascinating,
artful and educational exhibit consisting of actual human
bodies and organs. Appropriate for all ages, this exhibit
literally goes “under the skin”, revealing the mysteries
of the human anatomy.
The bodies, specimens and organs have been preserved
using a process known as polymer impregnation. OUR BODY:
THE UNIVERSE WITHIN allows you the insight to the inside:
giving one a true look at the inner workings of the extraordinary
As you enter the exhibit, you will have the opportunity
to examine the human body as a whole. Continuing throughout
the exhibit, you will journey through each of the body’s
major systems allowing you to see first hand how they
function and relate to other systems.
OUR BODY Mission
The goal of OUR BODY: THE UNIVERSE WITHIN
is for exhibit-goers to leave with a deeper understanding
of the body’s form and function and a stronger appreciation
of the uniqueness of each of our individual bodies. The
exhibit vividly transmits knowledge about the human organism
displaying the specimens in an artful, compelling and
dignified environment. Guests will connect on a very personal
level with these human artifacts as they use them to better
understand their own bodies.
The exhibits also explore how the study of the body has
evolved. The specimens serve as an engaging resource that
vibrantly illustrates how far mankind has come since Galen
drew anatomical sketches in the 2nd century A.D.
OUR BODY: THE UNIVERSE WITHIN
Students observe and take notes on this
is a scientific,
educational exhibit comprised of app. 200 specimens including
whole body specimens that have been preserved using a
method known as polymer impregnation.
OUR BODY: THE UNIVERSE WITHIN literally
as well as figuratively goes “under the skin,” revealing
the complexity of the human body and allowing visitors
an up-close, 3-dimensional look at their inner make-up.
Rather than use models of the human body, THE
UNIVERSE WITHIN uses actual human bodies to provide
the general public a look at what normally only doctors
and scientists are allowed to see first-hand, making this
a once in a lifetime experience.
The goal of OUR BODY: THE UNIVERSE WITHIN
is that visitors leave with a deeper understanding of
the body’s form and function and a stronger appreciation
for staying fit and healthy.
Visitors will be able to explore the body parts that
allow them to think, to breath, to move and the ‘freeways’
that circulate the blood that keeps the motor in constant
Polymer impregnation is a relatively new method of preservation
whereby bodily fluids are re- placed by liquid plastic,
which is then hardened to create a solid, durable anatomic
specimen that will last indefinitely. Most importantly,
the process leaves even the finest, most delicate tissue
structures virtually intact, down to the microscopic sphere,
making the process invaluable for medical study.
Prior to the invention of polymer impregnation, the only
method for preservation of cadavers for medical study
was storage in formaldehyde, making the dissection and
study of human bodies cumbersome. Polymer impregnation
results in specimens that are not only versatile and easy
to handle, but are truly authentic.
You'll find more details on the exhibit on our Frequently
Asked Questions page.
the Our Body: The Universe Within Testimonials.
press quotes about the Our Body: The Universe
Within exhibit. (PDF)
You can view the hi-res images available to accompany
your story in our gallery.