The Wellcome Book Prize Nerve Cell Trophy

“Wellcome Book Prize, the annual £30,000 prize for literature that engages with the human experience of medicine and medical science, has unveiled this year’s winner trophy: a bespoke creation inspired by the nerve cells of the mind, from London-based artist, Kyle Bean.”

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I’m amazed by the piece, particularly because it was not made from painstaking, intricate carvings or laser cutting…but by injecting a clear acrylic block with a 5 million volt particle accelerator to create what is essentially a fossil of electricity.

German physicist Christoph Lichtenberg discovered the technique circa 1777 when he succeeded in making branching electric discharges appear on the interior of an insulating material.

Best. Trophy. Ever.

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