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4/29/2012 11:02:00 AM
Public gets preview of big Bloomington brains; sculptures to be displayed
Ken Campanella, right, a volunteer team leader, and his team of volunteers carry one of the brains to his truck for delivery after a public exhibition of the large fiberglass brains at Bloomington High School South Saturday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
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Ken Campanella, right, a volunteer team leader, and his team of volunteers carry one of the brains to his truck for delivery after a public exhibition of the large fiberglass brains at Bloomington High School South Saturday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Several hundred people came by during a public exhibition of the large fiberglass brains at Bloomington High School South in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, April 28, 2012. The show is the crescendo of more than a year and a half of work by local brain scientist, author and motivational speaker, Jill Bolte Taylor.
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Several hundred people came by during a public exhibition of the large fiberglass brains at Bloomington High School South in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, April 28, 2012. The show is the crescendo of more than a year and a half of work by local brain scientist, author and motivational speaker, Jill Bolte Taylor. "My babies are going into the world now," she said at the end of the show. The brains that were decorated by local artists will be on display around the community. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
At a glance

What color is your brain?

The brain sculptures will be on display in public spaces throughout Bloomington through Oct. 15, but the Brain Extravaganza is more than visual and tactile art: It includes an online game, called “What Color is Your Brain?” with a downloadable app available Monday, when all the brains have been set up at their display locations. Instructions are available at jbtbrains.org, and involve visiting each sculpture, and answering questions about yourself. Your answers will determine the color used to fill in parts of a virtual stained-glass brain. Then you can compare your brain with those of your friends and family, as well as local, national and international celebrities.

Find a brain

A map of the locations of the 22 brain sculptures, plus information about each sponsor, artist and sculpture, is at http://jbtbrains.org.



Dawn Hewitt, Herald-Times

It’s a well established fact that Bloomington has long been the home to big brains.

But 22 5-foot-tall, anatomically correct, creatively decorated brains in one location is surely unique in time and space.

Admiring community members filled the Bloomington High School South gymnasium to see the fantastic concentration of creative thinkers Saturday afternoon before the sculptures will be relocated for display throughout town.

The mastermind behind the Brain Extravaganza is neuroscientist and brain aficionado Jill Bolte Taylor, author of “My Stroke of Insight.”

She is also author of the information on the 22 unique plaques that accompany each brain, identifying the sponsor, the artist(s) and tidbits about the brain and how it works that directly relate to the sculpture each plaque describes.

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