Valeda

  • What is Valeda?

    Valeda is an anatomically correct, life-sized, transparent, physical prototype of a women.

  • How was Valeda made?

    The original mold of Valeda was made by completely coating the body of a living, 28-year-old German woman with a rubber composition. This was allowed to harden, then peeled off to form the mold for Valeda’s plastic skin. Her aluminum skeleton is situated exactly as it is in the normal human body.

  • What does Valeda do?

    Tucked inside of Valeda are plastic replicas of anatomically correct internal organs. As Valeda talks about each organ, tiny bulbs that are inside of each organ light up.  The organs also appear on a TV screen as Valeda describes how each organ functions.  One surprise to many is the small size of the gall bladder. Actually only about one third of it shows, the remainder is behind the liver.

  • What are the wires inside of Valeda?

    Coiling and branching just under the plastic skin is her network of arteries and veins, made of red and blue coated wire. Valeda has 6 1/4 miles of wire to represent the circulatory system; however, the real human body has over 60,000 miles of veins and arteries. You can see why she could not show them all.
    Green wires on the left side of her model represent the lymphatic system. The nervous system is depicted on the right. Only the largest portions of these systems is shown since they comprise so dense a network we would be unable to see through to the organs.

  • How did Valeda get her name?

    Hinsdale Health Museum, near Chicago, had a contest to name their transparent woman and finally chose “Valeda I”. Some of the amusing suggestions were Claire D’Illume, Lucid Lil, and Cassie the Lassie with the Glassy Chassis. Our transparent woman is Valeda III. “Valeda” is coined from the word valid, which means strong and healthy.