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Art and Science Harmonize to Shed New Light on Brain Activity

By Sotheby's

D r. Greg Dunn and Dr. Brian Edwards wanted to show the complexity of the brain as it responds to various activities. In order to realize that vision, the neuroscientist and applied physicist invented a technique known as reflective microetching which allowed them to visualize what was actually happening in a human brain. The result is the most complex rendition of the human brain in the world.

Combining art and science, Dunn and Edwards were able to capture an unprecedented level of detail. Millions of tiny etches are engraved into a gilded surface that reflect light, effectively animating the brain image. In Self Reflected, a slice of the human brain is shown at 22x scale, we have an unprecedented insight of the brain into itself, reflecting what is occurring in our own minds as we in fact observe the work of art itself. Because the technique is by its nature designed to interplay with strategically placed light sources, the visualizations that can emerge are literally limitless.

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