While not as shockingly unusual as the knitted teratoma I reported on a while back, this knitted brain (located at the awesomely-titled 'Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art') is equally amazing. Regions are knitted with varying colors, and the corpus callosum is a zipper!
Here's a view of the brain from above, and "opened-up" (the hemispeheres seperated with yarn spinal cord trailing.)
Artist: Karen Norberg, Location: Boston Museum of Science
"Building a brain with yarn and knitting needles turns out to follow many of the same pathways as actual brain development," says Norberg.
Here's a side view:
how wonderful art is.
And the threads and wires are the axons and dendrites. Nice analogy ;-)
This is impressive.
(Although, sad to say, I've met a few people who seem to be equipped with them...)
I could while away a minute
And every second in it
In pleasure, not in pain...
Whether wool, flax, or cotton,
I would know it wasn't rotten
If I only had a brain.
I'd be happy--even chipper--
To know I've got a zipper
Where some are cleft in twain.
I'd be glad--that's what I'm saying--
If through knitting or crocheting
I could only have a brain
Oh, I... could tell you why...
A fella's brain feels full
I could tell you it is cotton or it's wool
Oh, but the truth? You know it's bull!
I could stay here, just a-sittin'
Pretending I was knittin'
But what would I attain?
As a cuttlefish, I'd rather
Just disguise myself in blather
And pretend I have a brain...
I was thinking about my life and how I always seem to have more to do than I have time to actually get done. It just boggles the mind to think there are people out there with enough free time to knit a brain..KNIT A BRAIN!!!
Then I realized if i wasn't killing time posting meaningless comments to SciBlogs I might have time to get more done. OK, bye, I am going to go be useful now.
Impressive knitting... and poetry :) I tried to post a blog pic but perhaps the link will have to do... this was a student's try for extra credit, she made a cookie brain... it was too nice to eat. Plus is was not chocolate chip.
I'm as impressed with Cuttlefish as with the knitted brain.
Your teratoma deserves its own story...
Wonderful cuttlefish! I did have a soft spot for the teratoma. Even tumors can have personality. :)