Science in Sand

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License: Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike Science in Sand Science in Sand: UCL and
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20 Jun, 2011


Sculpting a brain from sand on the banks of the Thames in London.

Director's Notes:

I know a bunch of sand sculptors who work on the riverside in central London, and they get a huge passing audience of all ages. People love to come and watch them at work and talk about what they are making; I thought this was a great way to get people talking about the brain.

We chose a busy Saturday and myself and a few sculptors set off to make an anatomically correct brain in sand. As things started to take shape, we were inundated with people coming to talk to us, from children who wanted to know what happens in the visual cortex of people who are blind, to passing neuroscientists. We had planned to show a time lapse of the tide coming in and slowly degrading the brain but the tides didn’t want to play ball so we’ll have to save that for another day.

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— Jonathan