Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) now holds bragging rights to the world’s largest anatomically correct sculpture of a human brain. The sculpture made its public debut during the festivities that celebrated another set of bragging rights held by IUB: The university’s psychology department celebrated its 125th anniversary this month, making it the oldest psychology department in the United States.
Amy Brier, a sculptor, and a team of carvers led by Mike Donham of Accent Limestone, collaborated to design and build the 5-ton brain, which stands 7 feet tall. The sculpture was underwritten by the Harlan Family Foundation.
“There are a lot of big brains on this campus,” university Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel said at the dedication of the sculpture. “But this one takes the cake.”