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Vincent van Gogh's Lookalike

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Hello, I'm
Douglas Coupland,

 

A writer and artist based out of Vancouver, Canada. For a large bronze sculpture commission I've been crowd-sourcing the planet looking for Vincent van Gogh's closest lookalike.

The person who I think best resembles Van Gogh will be given €5,000 and will be flown with a guest to Vancouver for a unique experience and to be 3D-scanned.

Their facial data will become Vincent van Gogh's likeness on the final sculpture, forever immortalizing them in bronze and on a plaque bearing their name.

* All painted images by Vincent van Gogh are reproduced with kind permission from the Vincent van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

The Finalists

 

After receiving over 1200 entries, I've narrowed it down to 20 finalists. I want to thank everyone for submitting and following along. It's going to be a hard decision.

We'll be announcing the winner in September. The winner will receive €5,000 and will be flown (plus one) to Vancouver to have 3D mapping done.

Then we start the process of creating the sculpture. Follow me on Twitter for updates as the project progresses.

 
 

Some thumbnails taking
you to other portraits

 

These are some other well-known self-portraits of Vincent, with links to take you to more information about them.

 
Self-Portrait,
September 1889
Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, Easel and Japanese Print
January 1889
Self-Portrait,
Spring 1887
Self-Portrait,
Winter 1886/87
 
Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear,
January 1889
Self-Portrait with Straw Hat,
Summer 1887
Self-Portrait,
1887
Self-Portrait,
Winter 1886/87

Why
Redheads?

What will the final piece look like?

 

Redheadedness is the most recent successful human mutation. Between one and two per cent of the world's population is redheaded, and in north European and western countries, this number can rise to six per cent.

It appears in people with two copies of a recessive allele on chromosome 16 which produces an altered version of the MC1R protein. This is a complex way of saying that there is no way of telling when a gene is going to change, and what sort of characteristic it will bring about. This genetic magic is a microcosm of the way in which all life on Earth changes with time.

I want this first bronze piece to be eternal but I also want it to be imbued with the twenty-first century — I'd like it to trigger discussion about new relationships between science, art and globalization.

This Van Gogh bronze will be the first of an ongoing series of commissioned monumental outdoor works titled 'Redheads.' Following Vincent van Gogh will be any number of redheads.

At the moment, I'm not 100% sure. I'm curious to see what emerges from this search process.

 
 

What country has the
most redheads?

Some estimates say Scotland has as much as fourteen percent redheads while the United States has one to two percent, which is the norm world-wide. I'm going to plot the entries on a world map to see where the redheads are. We might learn something.

One to two per cent of
humanity is a redhead.

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