The controversial German artist and professor Gunther von Hagens has sparked outrage around the world with his macabre displays of "plastinated
" human bodies. Unsuprisingly, his attempts to stage exhibitions featuring skinless children, chess players, and horsemen (with their steeds) were frequently stymied. Von Hagens, however, sought to assuage his critics: "I would reach the limit of good taste," he once admitted, "if I carved a vase from a lung, filled it with water and placed a daisy in it. Or if I fashioned a carnival mask from a stomach. Or turned a penis into a revolver. Or if I decorated a brain with testicles and displayed it as a virility medal..."
[Thousands of fans have offered to donate their bodies to Von Hagens for plastination.]