Artist Discusses Human Anatomy at Academy5/20/2009
Architect, author, and illustrator David Macaulay has depicted complicated structures like cathedrals, mosques, and pyramids in the pen-and-ink drawings of his architectural books. He also wrote and illustrated The Way Things Work
, which illuminates the history of machines, from the simplicity of the lever to the complexity of the Internet. In his latest book, The Way We Work
, Macaulay chronicles the organs and systems of the most intricate machine of all: the human body.
On May 8, 2009, Macaulay gave a talk at the Academy, “Where Your Lunch is Heading,” which colorfully illustrated the structures and components of the human body’s digestive system. Portraying the body as a “theme park” of organs, Macaulay guides readers on a tour through the body’s anatomy, showing the relationship between its complex structures and their functions.