NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BODIES…The Exhibition put its heart on display – literally! A huge anatomical heart was delivered to South Street Seaport's Pier 17 via New York Water Taxi on Wednesday. Before the biggest heart New York City has ever seen arrived at South Street Seaport it toured its new home, beginning at Red Hook Brooklyn and passing the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge before landing at Pier 17.
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The heart towers at 13 feet long, 7 feet wide and 12 feet high and its unloading created no small task for BODIES' team of lab-coated museum docents. Excitement grew as the heart approached BODIES, where 120 children from Madison Square Boys & Girls Club awaited its arrival. Squeals and shouts erupted as the heart neared, and BODIES' Chief Medical Director Dr. Roy Glover announced its arrival.
Dr. Glover spoke of the importance in making healthy decisions, both in food choices and in regular exercise, and how the heart is affected. Dr. Glover then awarded 500 tickets to Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.
The kids toured the exhibit, many with Dr. Glover who was on hand to answer inquisitive questions, including:
"If a child has 305 bones and an adult has 206, where do the extra bones go?" (Answer: The bones fuse together as your body grows!)
BODIES…The Exhibition will keep its heart on display through Wednesday, August 22, so get down to South Street Seaport to marvel at the statue and learn about the organ, whose individual parts are identified by numbers.
The heart will move from its spot in the "heart" of South Street Seaport on Friday, August 17 back to Pier 17 where it will be weighed in for a Facebook contest.
Visit BODIES…The Exhibition's Facebook page between now and Friday and make your best guess on the weight (pounds and ounces!) for a chance to win a prize package - $500 travel voucher to NYC, two night hotel stay and two tickets to BODIES…The Exhibition and Dialog in the Dark at South Street Seaport.
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