4 Apr 2011


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With 3 friends I visited the Exposition "SOS Planet" Liège's new Railway station (see post below)

We entered the exposition and

saw the first part of our globe's beauties, displayed on the walls

Then we entered the icy part of our globe

and saw the slow melting of the ice

huge fossiles were on display

and skulls of enormous animals, we don't have today anymore

I am here in the stone age. One of the Easter Island big statues was also on display

For the first time in my life I saw "shrunken heads". They are not bigger than my fist. I also read the description of the process of creating shrunken heads. It begins with removing the skull from the head. An incision is made on the back of the neck and all the skin and flesh is removed from the crane. Red seeds are placed underneath the eyelids and the eyelids are sewn shut. The mouth is held together with three palm pins. Fat from the flesh of the head is removed and a wooden ball is placed in order to keep form. The flesh is boiled in water with herbs containing tannins and then dried with hot rocks and sand, while molding it to retain its human feature. Then the skin is rubbed down with charcoal ash. So if you want to keep a shrunken head of a family member you particularly like on your mantlepiece, you know what to do ! These heads were made as trophies.

The other picture was a skull with a pig tongue.

The animals became smaller, but still big

and then we entered into today's world. Plastic, cans, wires and mountains of rubbish, with a very true quote : Civilisation die from suicide not by murder"

and this was the end of the expostion. If you want to know more about it please go to the official website here


Sylvia K said...

What a terrific place! And so fascinating! Love the info on shrinking heads!! That just might come in handy one day???? Terrific captures as always, Gattina, looks like a really fun, interesting visit! Enjoy your week!


Grace said...

oh this looks like an amazing exhibition. The ice and photo displays are amazing! Have a great day, Gattina.

Joyful said...

wow! That looks like a beautiful exhibition.

Linens and Royals said...

What a great exhibition and all that rubish displayed is a bit of a worry.
Thanks for the recipe on how to shrink heads, I might need to use it one day.

Pamela said...

makes me wonder about the heads.. who did they belong to

Jenn said...

What a marvelous expo! Love the ice area, but everything on your photos looked so informative.

Gracie said...

This sounds terrific and very interesting! I'm sure you enjoyed it.

Ann said...

The shrunken head looks like that famous scientist Einstein, may be it is his.

Loree said...

It looks like an amazing and enriching experience. Hmm not too sure what to make of the shrunken skull 'recipe'. It is amazing that people will actually go through all that trouble to create something like that.

claudie said...

What an interesting exhibition!!! Would want to be there!