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Brains On Parade Around Bloomington

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

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.

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