Artatomical: Hand-Crafted Indonesian Mannequins


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I love anatomical mannequins. Their presence in the classroom always stirred my morbid curiosity and they provide the sort of human anatomy lesson that's lost in even the best illustrations. There's just something about reaching into a faux chest cavity and pulling out an organ.

In this gallery, we see the creation of hand-crafted fiberglass anatomical mannequins in Depok, West Java, Indonesia. Each will go on to serve in a school, hospital and laboratory -- but here we see their humble origins as a craftsman molds, paints and assembles each piece in the human puzzle.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.