Brains On Parade Around Bloomington

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's Brain Extravaganza will continue through the fall.

  • Jill Bolte Taylor and a fiberglass brain

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    Photo: Mia Partlow/WFIU

    Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor poses with the brain sculpture she designed.

  • Brain with Jill Bolte-Taylor quote

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    Photo: Mia Partlow/WFIU

    A closeup of a fiberglass brain sculpture bearing a Jill Bolte Taylor quote, "Please take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space."

  • Brains

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    Photo: Mia Partlow/WFIU

    An array of the brains on display Saturday at Bloomington South High School.

  • Brain spectators

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    Photo: Mia Partlow/WFIU

    Members of the public begin gathering at Bloomington South High School to view the 22 brain sculptures going on display across town.

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor compares the brains being installed around Bloomington to sending children out into the world.

“I’ve been having extreme maternal instincts with this project, ” says Bolte Taylor.

The 22 fiberglass brains were all showcased at the Bloomington High School South Saturday morning. It was the only time all the brains will be in one location.  Beginning Saturday afternoon, volunteers are installing them around the city. Nine will be on the IU campus, 11 downtown, one at Bloomington’s College Mall, and the final one on East Third at a chiropractic office.

Every brain has an accompanying sign listing five facts about the brain. Bolte Taylor, a neuroanatomist who suffered a massive stroke in 1996, has spent the last decade educating people about issues relating to brain injury and neurological disorders.

“This is part of the blessing of me having that stroke is that it got me on a separate path — a parallel path,” says Bolte Taylor. “I still became fascinated with the brain but I have a certain level of freedom now to do it differently and explore it in a different way. So, instead of being in the lab doing the work, now I’m more gregarious, I’m more out with the people, I’m more ‘how do we make this fun and interesting for the public to really better understand?’”

The brains will be on display through October.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/thewodm the wodm

    DUMB ideas from otherwise smart people….
    Look at the fiberglass blobs, bright colors, uniform shape/size.
    With absolutely no historical, cultural, artistic, or visual connection with the place they will be dumped. 
     

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  • Larry

    I think it would be great if you sold posters with pictures of each brain, its locationand on the back a history of that project

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