Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
and you will always be their prisoner.
Dazzling Images of the Brain Created by
The brain has been called the most complex structure in the
universe, but it may also be the most beautiful.
Greg Dunn earned a PhD in neuroscience before deciding to become a
professional artist. His work captures both the aesthetics and
sophistication of this most enigmatic organ. Here are a few of his
dazzling creations:1-Cortical Columns, 2-Basket and Pyramidals, 3-Gold Cortex
II, 4-Cortical Circuitboard, 5-Brainbow Hippocampus in Blues,
6-Brainbow Hippocampus variations, 7-Glia and Blood Vessels, 8-Glial
Flare, 9-Spinal Cord
“There’s no distinction between painting a landscape of a
forest and a landscape of the brain.”
The patterns of branching neurons he saw through the microscope
reminded him of the aesthetic principles in Asian art, which he had
While much of Dunn’s work focuses on neurons, his subjects also
include other tissue types, such as glia, non-neuronal brain cells
that provide support and protection for neurons.(image 7-8)
One of Dunn’s most arresting pieces isn’t of the brain at all, but
of a slice of the spinal cord.(image 9)
Through his art, Dunn hopes to give voice to scientists whose work
usually isn’t appreciated by the general public, he said. “Art
has the power to capture people’s emotions and inspire in a way that
a lot of charts and graphs don’t have.”