Artist Treats Human Bodies Like Stuffed Owls

A gruesome exhibit which has been on display at London's Atlantis Gallery features human corpses. One was a woman's body which had been cut open to reveal a 5-month-old fetus. (An outraged viewer poured paint over that exhibit.)

The artist, Gunther von Hagens, calls the corpses "anatomical artwork," and claims they're meant to help people understand the beauty and vulnerability of the human body.

Commented Charles Colson's Breakpoint column: "Von Hagen's grotesque work is a product of his materialistic worldview. His public comments suggest that he views the human body as nothing more than a complex machine, a complicated network of cells. So he sees nothing wrong with putting corpses on display like so many stuffed owls or racks of deer."