Friday, July 21, 2017

A Penny for Your Thoughts

July 2017 - Toronto ON

Last summer I had followed The TELUS Health Brain Project.

Toronto is gearing up for a second year of raising awareness with over 100 new one-of-a-kind brain creations by local and international artists with a focus on bolder designs in their medium of choice.

I have taken the descriptions from the Telus website.

Jogging Memories - Union Station Total 9
A Brainy Thought - FCP                 Total 5
Sony Centre for the Arts                  Total 1

2017 TOTAL TO DATE - 15

This week's brains were found in FCP, First Canadian Place, Bank of Montreal's flagship building in the financial district.

These are American pennies as we don't have Canadian pennies in circulation any longer. The penny was phased out 2013.

Penny for Your Thoughts - Raymond Waters
This piece is made from interlocking, notched/glued pennies, and is about honouring memory and community. The penny itself holds the memories/travels of its holder as it journeys from hand to hand, year-to year, decade to decade. On a societal level, the penny shows that no matter how small, every contribution counts and when joined together, the impact is great. On a political level, the penny is a call for investment in healthcare, including brain health.

Life in Between - Steven Nederveen
Referencing MRI scans, this sculpture uses individually painted sheets of Plexiglas that work together to create a 3-dimensional brain. Viewed from the sides, the brain is a complete image but as the viewer moves around the piece it becomes a series of disjointed layers. Within the brain are webs of connected and disconnected structures. The light gives the brain an ethereal quality, adding to its delicate state.

This may become my favourite.

Home - Sarah Farndon
Memory is intimately tied to place; our fondest and earliest recollections are often of a childhood home, a family cottage, a safe space. These are the memories we hold dear. This brain is meant to kindle feelings of nostalgia, and represent the places that hold light and love for us in our deepest consciousness.

Hold That Thought - Adam Gagnon
Inspired by life and memories this piece explores the notion of aging. We may not all be affected by disease or injury but we’re all victims of time.

As fragile as time may be, it devastates and as it passes our fate becomes exposed. If one’s life is composed of experiences and memories, what becomes of us as those decay? Ashes echo the vulnerable nature of memories, fragmented and faded, adding to the decay of the individual.

Mind Chaining - Roger Edwards
Carbon Steel Transport chain with each individual link welded together visually suggests brain tissue and also acts as a metaphor for a mind that has been suppressed and restrained by a chain of ongoing Dementia effects.

Sony Centre for the Arts has done on display.

Analog Brain - Jim Hake
Clad in a mosaic of grooves, hits and symphonies, this brain is a multi-faceted study of memory and nostalgia.


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