In the lobby of the newly opened Chen Neuroscience Research Building sits a stunning piece of artwork depicting the human brain. It is a gift from Tianqiao Chen and Chrissy Luo and is the work of Greg Dunn, who earned a doctorate in neuroscience before embarking on his artistic career. The large centerpiece of the triptych, titled Self Reflected, is an NSF-funded project created by Dunn, his applied physicist collaborator Brian Edwards, and a team of scientists over a two-year period. It is an animated and extraordinarily detailed representation of human brain activity designed to mirror the functioning of the viewer’s own mind.
Dunn explains how this piece became the foundation of the larger commission for the Chen building and how the flanking pieces evolved through discussion with Chen faculty.