Brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor is one fiberglass brain away from launching her community art project in Bloomington. Taylor loves the human brain. She fondly refers to it as a beautiful organ. In 1996 she suffered a stroke that inspired her to write a book and now get behind a project to put at least a dozen brains on display around Bloomington.
“You know,” said Bolte Taylor, “You say brains to people and you have one of two responses – people they go ‘Ewwww!’ or they go ‘Ohhhhh!’ I want more people to go ‘Ohhhhhh!’ I want them to understand an appreciate this beautiful thing so they’ll protect it and they’ll nurture it and we’ll celebrate what we are as a human being.”
Organizations that pay to sponsor one of the five feet tall anatomically correct brains will get to decorate and paint them how they choose. The brains will be installed around Bloomington and IU’s campus beginning in May. Right now, 11 sponsors have signed on to the project, there must be at least 12 for it to get off the ground.