News ID: 193740
Published: 0320 GMT May 29, 2017

Glowing golden-leaf brains show the absolutely awesome nature of minds

Glowing golden-leaf brains show the absolutely awesome nature of minds

Your brain is terrifyingly complicated and is made up of approximately 86 billion neurons which work together as a biological machine to create who you are.

But it takes some real cranium contortion to get your head around what those billions of signals and connected web of cells look like, according to metro.co.uk.

Artist and neuroscientist Dr. Greg Dunn combined talents with artist and physicist Dr. Brian Edwards to produce this unprecedented work of wonder.

Self-Reflected offers a powerful insight to the elaborate nature of our brains fused with a beautiful explosion of color.

But the shimmering never-before-achieved works of art are not as they appear.

They are not brain scans but have been painstakingly created using a combination of neuroscience research, hand drawing, computer simulations and all finished off with glistening gold leaf.

Both the artists said they wanted the work to remind people that the most marvelous machine in the Universe is in our own heads and hope that the brilliant display will reveal the root of our shared humanity.

They said, “Self-Reflected was created not to simplify the brain’s functionality for easier consumption, but to depict it as close to its native complexity as possible so that the viewer comes away with a visceral and emotional understanding of its beauty.

‘Though the neuroscience of the piece was painstakingly researched to give the piece a level of reality not seen on this scale before, Self-Reflected’s deeper meaning is to elevate the consciousness of the average person to the exquisite machine that most defines our humanity.”

The designs are a large 2.4m × 3.65m representation of a slice of the human brain.

They magnificently map and bring to life the billions of neurons which appear in that single brain slice.

But to represent those billion neurons is not an easy job.

The artists used actual MRI scans and brain maps, but had to take it a stage further in order to truly create a work of awesome complexity.

They ended up drawing each neuron after mapping out where they connected with each region of the brain.

After this, they used data from special scientific imaging machines which map areas of white matter which are connecting to other areas of the brain.

Once they had a finished picture, the results were scanned into a computer and etched into a panel covered in gold leaf.

The final results show how our brains are constantly alive with activity during every moment of our lives.

 

   
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