These stunning images showcase the incredible complexity of the human brain through an explosive fusion of art and science.

The most elaborate artistic visualization of the brain in the world, the work highlights what is happening inside the human brain while an individual is looking at such a masterpiece. Artists Dr. Greg Dunn and Dr. Brian Edwards hope this work – entitled Self Reflected because it is your brain perceiving itself – will increase appreciation for the brain’s complexity through the power of art.

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Image: GREG DUNN AND WILL DRINKER / CATERS

This shimmering work, however, is not a brain scan – it was created using a combination of deep neuroscience research, hand drawing, algorithmic simulations, photolithography and finished in gold leaf.

Image: GREG DUNN AND WILL DRINKER / CATERS

Above: close-up view of interconnected neurons.

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Image: GREG DUNN AND WILL DRINKER / CATERS

Above: Thalamus and Basal Ganglia – the thalamus and basal ganglia, sorting senses, initiating movement and making decisions.

Brain art
Image:: GREG DUNN AND WILL DRINKER / CATERS

Above: Visual Cortex – the visual cortex, the region located at the back of the brain that processes visual information.

Image:: GREG DUNN AND WILL DRINKER / CATERS.

Above: A sulcus of the parietal cortex.

Self Reflected is on permanent exhibition in the Your Brain exhibit of the Franklin Institute, a world class science museum in Philadelphia, PA. Physically find it at 222 N 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.

More on gregadunn.com/self-reflected.

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