Bloomington Community Reacts To Brain Extravaganza

It's been 4 weeks since 22 larger-than-life brain statues were installed around town. Annie Corrigan finds out what community members think about the project.

brain sculpture and passers-by

Photo: Sarah Gordon/WFIU

Annie Corrigan speaks with a Bloomington, Indiana community member about her thoughts on the brain installations around town. This brain lives just outside the entrance to the Wonderlab garden.

It’s been four weeks now that Bloomington residents have been living with the 22 gigantic brain statues installed at various locations around town and on the Indiana University campus.

It took under two weeks for vandals to get a hold of some of the statues. Jill Bolte Taylor says the damage is all part of the Brain Extravaganza project.

But what do community members think?

My Favorite Brains

I like the one by the Waldron Arts Center. That one is music-themed, so the base is made of records and it has headphones on it. It’s really brightly colored. It makes you want to listen to things.

It’s different and unique, because I like — not weird art, somebody puts up a piece of metal and says this is art. So, this is more entertaining to me.

I like the one that had lightning bolts on it, but some of the lightning bolts were took off of it.

brain sculpture and passers-by

Photo: Sarah Gordon/WFIU

Pedestrians on the B-Line Trail had uniformly positive reactions to the brain installations around town.

Vandals Make Their Mark

Many passers-by did not realize the sculptures had been vandalized.

I hate to see it. I was telling my wife about some graffiti downtown on Kirkwood. I just don’t understand why somebody would do such a thing.

I heard something interesting from Jill Bolte Taylor herself. She said people’s brains make them do those kinds of things. So, go figure.

brain sculpture and passers-by

Photo: Sarah Gordon/WFIU

For her seventh birthday, this little girl went on a brain scavenger hunt around Bloomington, Indiana. She and her friends found 13 of the 22 brains that day.

What’s On Your Brain?

You should definitely go up close to the brains, even if you’re just driving past one and you think there’s a brain. It’s well worth stopping.

I I think with Indiana University here, Bloomington has been known for its brain power for years. And so what better place to have brains on display than right here in Bloomington, Indiana.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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