A Gold-Leaf Brain Lights Up With the Awesome Complexity of Neurons

Ready to get really really meta? A new installation at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, open June 25, displays what happens in your brain—while you’re looking at it.The project comes from Greg Dunn and Brian Edwards, a neuroscientist and a physicist by training. Dunn is no stranger to cerebral art; a few years ago, he shared a project of single-neuron prints with us. But the team’s new work, Self Reflected, takes its neuronal tracings up a few notches. Like half a million notches. Dunn and Edwards designed an 8-by-12 foot representation of a single brain slice—500,000 neurons connected in a fractal web. As a light scans over the surface, signals appear to spark between the neurons. “What you’re seeing with your eyes is what’s happening in your brain,” says Dunn. Well, pretty close, anyway. The idea, the artists say,…


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