This spectacular image of the human brain has been made with a combination of hand drawing, neuroscientific data, algorithmic simulation of neural circuitry, photolithography, strategic lighting design, and gilding.
It is part of a series of images called Self Reflected created by Dr Greg Dunn (artist and neuroscientist) and Dr Brian Edwards (artist and applied physicist). The work bridges the connection between the macroscopic brain and the behavior of neurons through a technique called reflective microetching. Self Reflected animates brain activity with light reflecting off of a golden surface and offers an unprecedented insight into the brain. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation and is the winner of the 2017 NSF’s Science and Engineering Visualisation Challenge in the Illustration category.
The first Self Reflected is on permanent exhibition at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia. Additional versions can be produced for exhibition and sale.