German artist, Diemut Strebe has has made a living replica of the 19th century artist’s severed ear using the DNA of Lieuwe van Gogh, the great great-grandson of Vincent’s brother, Theo, and a 3-D printer.
And that’s not all. It can also hear thanks to a microphone system connected to a computer.
The current work, which is is preserved in a case of liquid and coined Sugababe, will be on display until July 6th, 2014 at the ZKM | Media Museum in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Lieuwe and Vincent van Gogh share about 1/16th of the same genes, including the Y-chromosome that is passed down the male lineage. By using the younger van Gogh’s DNA, Strebe grew the cells at a hospital in Boston, which she then shaped with a printer to resemble the ear, “I use science basically like a type of brush, like Vincent used paint.”
Strebe’s future plans include moving the display to New York next year.